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Cameron trumpets carbon savings.

THE Government claims it has exceeded its target to cut carbon emissions from Whitehall departments by a tenth.

Prime Minister David Cameron made the 10% cut pledge when he promised to lead the greenest Government ever last May.

Last week the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said carbon emissions from central Government offices had been reduced by 13.8% in the previous year, cutting energy bills by pounds 13m.

DECC was pipped at the post as the lead department, coming a close second to the Department for Education which cut its emissions by 21.5%. Even the worst performing department, the Department for Transport, exceeded the 10% target.

Mr Cameron, who said he was "very proud" of the results, has now set Whitehall a new target of reducing emissions by 25% by 2015 -a goal which will include business-related domestic transport by officials and ministers.

His comments come as the Government published a new report looking at ways of encouraging people to save energy.

Ministers announced a series of business-led trials aimed at making it easier for people to insulate their homes and reduce fuel bills.

The trials, which begin in September, include firms teaming up with a local authority to offer council tax holidays or in-store vouchers if residents buy energy efficiency measures. The move is part of the Government's Green Deal to get homeowners and firms investing in energy-efficient technologies.

Once it's up and running next year, the scheme will give householders up to pounds 10,000 to spend on energy-saving equipment such as insulation, air conditioning and new boilers.


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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jul 12, 2011
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