British Prime Minister Goes Green

All the electricity supplied to key government offices in Britain are now being generated from renewable energy sources.

LONDON, England, UK, 2001-10-09 [SolarAccess.com] “The very heart of government is now being powered by electricity from renewable sources such as wind, hydro and landfill gas, and it will save around 2,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions over the coming year,” says Cabinet Office Green Minister, Chris Leslie. “It is also highly symbolic and I would encourage other organizations to consider the benefits of opting for Climate Change Levy-exempt green electricity.” His Office has signed two 12-month contracts to supply green power to the Prime Minister’s residence at 10 Downing Street, as well as 70 Whitehall and Admiralty Arch, which account for 75 percent of the electricity consumed across the Cabinet Office’s large central London estate. Under Britain’s renewable energy policy, the government wants to increase the share of green electricity to 5 percent by the end of 2003, rising to 10 percent in 2010, subject to the costs to consumers being acceptable. Every central government department has a Green Minister who acts as an advocate of sustainable development in their own departments and ensure that necessary systems are in place, and that environmental and sustainable development considerations are taken into account when policies are made or decisions taken. Green Ministers have agreed on targets for all departments to ensure that, by March 2003, at least 5 percent of their electricity comes from renewable sources, rising to at least 10 percent by by March 2008.
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