Public buildings not sustainable enough?

23 December 2008

Blog pic By Jake Kanter

According to this story in the Guardian today, new figures suggest that government buildings in the UK emit more carbon dioxide than all of Kenya.

An energy efficiency audit has so far reviewed 9,000 of the 18,000 public sector properties, including police stations and museums. It revealed that these 9,000 buildings produced 5.6 million tonnes of CO2, which when doubled amounts to more than Kenya's entire carbon footprint.

The OGC, which is responsible for the energy performance of public buildings, said real progress had been made in making Whitehall operations more sustainable. Public sector buyers will be playing some role in this, but could their expertise be put to better use? Or are they too overloaded with policy?

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