Green drive makes savings

Nearly £50m was saved in 2011-12 compared to 2009-10 by cutting the use of fossil fuels and reducing waste and water consumption across Whitehall, the Cabinet Office announced last week.

By Civil Service World

19 Dec 2012

The majority of the savings came from a 12 per cent reduction in greenhouse emissions (saving £40m), with the remainder coming from a five per cent reduction in waste (saving £4.7m), and a three per cent fall in water consumption (saving £4.2m).

The civil service also achieved a 35 per cent reduction in domestic flights, and a 24 per cent reduction in paper use.

Some of the measures implemented to achieve these savings include restrictions on staff travel, greater teleconferencing, and installing recycling systems.

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