Government hits all internal environmental targets

Cutting energy and water consumption and diverting waste from landfill saved the government £151.3m in 2015-16, according to a report on departmental performance against environmental targets.

The Greening Government Commitments (GGCs) set targets for reducing the government’s environmental impacts, including greenhouse-gas emissions, domestic flights, waste, paper and water. They also include pledges to improve procurement and transparency in areas such as climate change adaptation and biodiversity on the government estate.

The GGCs set targets to be achieved by 2014-15, compared with 2009-10. The government carried forward the targets to 2015-16 while it developed new ones for 2020.

Greenhouse-gas emissions (GHGs) from government buildings and from UK-based business travel by officials declined 27% in 2015-16 compared with 2009-10, exceeding the original 25% target. Most (19) of the 22 departments covered by the GGCs met or exceeded the target, saving an estimated £127m through energy reduction.

Performance across departments was varied, ...

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