It says it’s leading by example by implementing a number of green improvements to buildings, transport and business methods.

The announcement, made last night (October 21), allocated the funding from a £405m pot for low carbon funding announced in this year’s budget.

Energy and climate change minister, Joan Ruddock, said: “We know it’s important to show leadership in this area – if we want everyone else to retrofit their homes its important government buildings also get some treatment.

“Some of the money will go on energy efficiency, some on smart meters, some on low carbon cars, and some will go on mapping the possibilities of renewable energy on public land – that will be led by the Forestry Commission.”

Luke Walsh

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