Government pledges to put its own house in order in climate fight

The British government has published plans outlining how each of its departments will take steps to tackle climate change, including improving energy efficiency in their own estates.

Major departments will be expected to tackle the environmental performance of their own buildings and operations as well as consider the implications that policy is likely to have on climate change.

These departmental Carbon Reduction Delivery and Adaptation Plans will be published alongside Government’s general strategy for the country, Climate Change: Taking Action – Delivering the Low Carbon Transition Plan.

Taken as a whole, the Government’s energy bill is huge and efforts will be made to tackle emissions from hundreds of buildings.

Environment Secretary Hilary Benn said: “These plans demonstrate how each individual department will work to reduce emissions and adapt their own estates, operations and policies.

“There can be no mistaking that some climate change is inevitable and we will need to adjust the way we live our lives to meet these new challenges and take advantage of new opportunities where possible.

“These plans are by no means the final word, but are a step towards the low carbon, well-adapted society that we need.’

Energy and Climate Change Minister Joan Ruddock said: “The overwhelming scientific evidence shows that human induced climate change poses a huge threat to the world and we must recognise the challenge this presents to all aspects of our economy and daily activities.

“These plans show Government’s clear and unwavering commitment to reducing emissions, increasing energy efficiency and providing greater opportunities in the low carbon economy.

“The UK is a leader in international efforts to tackle the challenges of climate change. By linking each department’s primary objectives to the challenges posed by climate change, government will lead by example.”

David Gibbs

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