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UK government: Whitehall switches to green electricity

Oct. 25, 2000, M2 Communicationsà‚–Twenty-five percent of the electricity supplies to No 10 Downing Street and the Cabinet Office building in 70 Whitehall are now being provided by renewable energy, Cabinet Office ‘Green’ Minister Graham Stringer announced today.

“The Cabinet Office has agreed to a twelve month energy contract, which will mean that 10% of the combined No 10 and the whole Cabinet Office estate’s power supplies will now be sourced from green electricity, including wind power, energy from waste and landfill gas,” Stringer said.

“This contract helps emphasise the Government’s commitment to the development of renewable energy, and fits in with its objective that by the end of 2003, 5% of UK electricity requirements will be met by energy from renewable sources, rising to 10% by 2010.

“The green electricity contract will reduce CO2 emissions from No 10 and the Cabinet Office estate by 120 tonnes of carbon, about 10% of the 1,200 tonnes of carbon emitted by the Department as a whole from electricity consumption in 1998/99. This reduction will form an important contribution to the Government’s target of an on-going 1% per annum reduction in greenhouse gas emissions against 1999/00 levels, across the Government estate.”

The Cabinet Office’s contract with Norweb came into effect on 1 October 2000 and was awarded after a competitive tendering process. The 75% balance of the supply comes from the normal mix of (‘brown’) electricity supply, generated from gas, nuclear and coal and renewables (renewables currently provide about 3% of UK brown electricity supplies).

Every central government department has a Green Minister, whose work is principally to promote the integration of the three strands of sustainable development (economic, environmental and social) across Government and the wider public sector.

Collectively, Green Ministers work towards these objectives by ensuring that their departments share best practice, find common solutions to problems and develop Government-wide targets and approaches wherever possible.

Individually, Green Ministers act as advocates for sustainable development, including greening Government, within their own departments.

They work to ensure that appropriate systems are in place and to encourage their Ministerial colleagues and officials to take into account environmental considerations alongside economic and social ones when making policies and when taking decisions on the operations of buildings and their facilities

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