What this means is that the buildings and property in the Assembly Government’s estate will collectively now be aiming to cut emissions by 10% in 2010. The organisation will look to cut grid electricity use, fossil fuel use and travel. Automatic meter reading equipment will be installed in 30 Assembly Government offices to monitor environmental performance.
Mr Morgan said:
“By signing the Welsh Assembly Government’s estate to the 10:10 campaign, we are sending out a strong message about our commitment to tackle climate change. It means we are leading by example and making sure our own house is in order. Last year we cut emissions from our offices and activities by 4%, but now we want to go further and lead by example by aiming to make as much carbon savings as possible across our estate. These steps are not only good for the environment, but make financial sense too as they will save the taxpayer money.”
Environment Minister Jane Davidson said:
“The Welsh Assembly Government has set an ambitious target of cutting carbon emissions 3% per year from 2011 onwards in areas we control, enabling an 80% reduction before 2050. By signing up our offices and property to the 10:10 campaign just ahead of the crucial Copenhagen talks, we are demonstrating our commitment to this agenda. I would encourage all parts of the public sector in Wales to do the same and sign up to this campaign and cut their carbon emissions.”
2 December 2009