DECC signs up to 10:10 campaign

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has joined the growing number of organisations to sign up to a campaign to cut carbon emissions by 10% in 2010.

The 10:10 campaign is the brainchild of Age of Stupid director Franny Armstrong and invites individuals and organisations to pledge to cut their emissions by 10% during 2010.

DECC has now signed up to the campaign and vowed to make the cuts on top of its existing commitment to make a 10% cut during the current financial year.

The department has often come under fire for the poor energy efficiency of its own offices and is keen to show improvements.

To achieve the 10:10 pledge, DECC is in the process of improving the energy efficiency of its lighting, air conditioning and IT system.

Longer term, the Department is looking at generating its own low carbon electricity and connecting to the Whitehall district heating scheme.

The Department’s London headquarters also published today its latest monthly energy efficiency rating for October which is a ‘D’. In the past year DECC has reduced its use of gas by 90% and its use of electricity by 22%.

Energy and Climate Change Minister Joan Ruddock said: “By signing up to the 10:10 campaign, DECC is cementing its leadership role in championing energy efficiency. Saving energy not only makes sense for the climate, but it makes financial sense too.

“The 10:10 campaign is sending a message to governments around the world that the UK is serious about tackling climate change ahead of the crucial climate talks at Copenhagen.”

Sam Bond

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