CGS: Public sector carbon emission goals ‘lack strategic direction’

BEIS’s public sector carbon targets will raise questions about their ambitiousness as universities and the NHS indicate they are easily achievable

Universities say the targets could be more ambitious. Photograph: Gabriel Murad/123RFThe government’s proposal for public sector and higher education institutions to meet a 30% carbon target by 2020/21 will be easily met by the NHS and universities and could be more ambitious.

BEIS launched a call for evidence on the viability of instituting a voluntary target for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions for organisations across the two sectors on 12 October. It was part of a wealth of documents that were published alongside the department’s Clean Growth Strategy.

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