UK government fails to hit CHP targets

The UK government has failed to reach its own targets for use of CHP, Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) data shows.

While making progress towards meeting most of its sustainability programme, emissions are still not falling fast enough, the SDC concludes in its seventh annual Sustainable Development in Government (SDiG) assessment.

During the 2007-2008 financial year the government sourced 8.7% of electricity from CHP, comparing well to the 5.8% from the previous year. However, this is still not on track to meet the target of 15% by 2010, the SDC says. Carbon emissions from offices also show an improvement, down 2.3% from the previous year, but again they are still not falling fast enough to meet the 12.5% reduction targeted by 2011-2012.

Rebecca Willis, SDC vice chair, said: ‘It’s great to see departments finally starting to prioritise their sustainability duties and make progress in many areas. However, there’s still a long way to go – and it’s clear that these targets must be the start of an ever more ambitious sustainability programme.’

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