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Minister enlists M&E contractors in drive to cut Whitehall’s energy bills

M&E contractors have been backed to take advantage of a government drive to cut carbon emissions from Whitehall buildings.

Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude this week called on departments and contractors to work together to cut central government carbon emissions by 10 per cent.

Mr Maude met the UK’s leading facilities management companies and asked them to work under the terms of a new Energy Efficiency Code.

This follows Prime Minister David Cameron’s pledge to cut central government carbon emissions by 10 per cent in one year.

The Energy Efficiency Code states that all departments should work with FM contractors to prepare plans to cut carbon by
10 per cent by May 2011; seriously consider private sector ideas to cut carbon emissions; explore agreements, possibly through changes to existing contracts, that benefit departments and private companies in the pursuit of reducing carbon emissions.

In response, contractors are asked to share their expertise with public bodies and identify opportunities to reduce emissions.

David Pollock, group chief executive officer of the Electrical Contractors’ Association, said: “The Government’s aim of reducing its carbon emissions by 10 per cent is a step in the right direction. Given the size of government buildings, it should be achievable with basic technologies and by educating staff about the importance of energy efficiency.

“The commitment to energy efficiency in government buildings will create new opportunities for the electrical industry. Electrical contractors are in the unique position of being able to advise and install the technology, and so will be integral in making this pledge a reality.”

Mr Maude said: “In this fiscal crisis, it is essential that we take radical steps to increase efficiency and reduce energy use.

“To achieve results, central government departments need to work with contractors to identify waste and share best practice.”


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