Government CO2 cuts need ‘step change’

Several major departments, including DECC, increased their CO2 emissions during 2012/13. But better progress is being made on cutting water use and waste.

It is “clear that a step change in effort is needed” if the government is to meet its own CO2 target for 2015, the Cabinet Office has admitted.

Since 2009/10, the government has cut emissions across its estate by 14%. But that level needs to increase to 25% by April 2015 – something that will be “extremely challenging”.

The Cabinet Office makes the admission in a progress report on the government’s sustainability targets, which was published last December. The ‘greening government’ targets were set in 2011, as part of the coalition’s efforts to be the “greenest government ever”, cut costs and set an example for business (ENDS Report 443, p6).

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