Government departments receive £20m to cut emissions

The UK government will invest £20 million in reducing the carbon emissions and energy bills of its central departments, it has emerged.

Energy and climate change minister Joan Ruddock said that the money will be used to help government departments make financial savings, as well becoming more environmentally friendly.

The £20 million investment is part of the £405 million low carbon funding package announced in the Budget earlier this year.

Ms Ruddock said that government departments would be expected to "show leadership" in the introduction of energy-saving initiatives.

"If we want everyone else to retrofit their homes, it's important government buildings also get some treatment," she explained.

Various areas were identified by the energy minister as recipients of the funding package, with energy-efficiency measures, smart meters and low-carbon cars all set to received fresh investment.

The announcement of the funding came after an attempt to force the government to sign up to the 10:10 campaign, which involves slashing carbon emissions by ten per cent in 2010, was defeated by a vote in the House of Commons.

Published by Warren Mills

Monday 26th October 2009

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