Government sets poor example on energy efficiency

In the month when the Government launched a new campaign to persuade householders to reduce their energy consumption, official figures have shown that it is well behind its target to cut its own energy consumption - and that carbon dioxide emissions from the Government estate have actually increased since the target was set three years ago.1

The target was set in 1990, when the Government promised to improve its energy efficiency by 15% between 1990/1 and 1995/6, as measured in terms of energy expenditure per square metre of floor area.

A progress report for 1992/3 was given in a parliamentary answer by Environment Minister Tim Yeo in October. The figures for each Department are shown in the table below. Data for the Ministry of Defence, by far the largest energy consumer, ar

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