The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has outlined its carbon and water sustainability plans for the next three years.
Announcing the plans, the DWP have said they will be line with the government’s greening commitments (GGCs) and will be reviewed once the new GGCs are published in 2025. The plans are being published as a response to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), which means individual government departments, including the DWP, have to publish their steps towards cutting emissions targets and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
DWP Estates, which has released the plans, have said they already have a large range of activities in place, as well as strategy measures and policy changes that will meet the GGCs for 2024 to 2025. The strategies also include longer-term targets that will hope to bring emissions down beyond the immediate timeframe.
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As published on the gov.uk website, DWP’s GGC climate targets for 2021 to 2025 are as follows:
- Reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions by 45% from a 2017 to 2018 baseline and reduce direct greenhouse gas emissions from estate and operations by 17% from a 2017 to 2018 baseline
- Develop an organisational Climate Change Adaptation Strategy across estates and operations
- Conduct a Climate Change Risk Assessment to better understand and to target areas that need greater resilience
- Develop a Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan, including existing or planned actions in response to the risks identified
- Reduce the overall amount of waste generated by 15% from the 2017 to 2018 baseline
- Reduce water consumption by at least 8% from the 2017 to 2018 baseline
Wider sustainability targets have also been published from the DWP for the timeframe before the GGCs are revisited in 2025. This includes investigating Green Leases and how the DWP engage with landlords on delivering energy reduction projects.
Green Leases are provisions on landlords and tenants to manage and reduce the environmental impact of their property by improvements. The DWP have also said they will look at carrying out Low or Zero carbon energy studies for new build and major refurbishment projects.
The rest of the targets are as follows:
- Establishing Operational Energy Use Intensity requirements for new build and major refurbishment projects
- Revising processes so that sustainability is always factored into asset and lifecycle decision making
- Ensuring that Building Management System (BMS) continue to be improved, ensuring our estate is managed in the most efficient way
- Initiating improvements to energy and water management in our current facilities management contract, and enshrining this across any new contracts
- Seeking continued improvement and enhancement to the Estates Design Standards
- Continuing to work with internal Sustainability Champion volunteers to foster staff behavioural change
- Collaborating with other areas of the department to ensure that the new targets are understood and being addressed in their area
- Developing Nature Recovery Plans incorporating land, estates, operations and resources, and existing biodiversity plan
- Seeking improvements to our waste management including reducing paper and plastics, and improving recycling:
– Continue to buy more sustainable and efficient products and services with the aim of achieving the best long-term, overall value for money for society
– Develop and deliver Nature Recovery Plans for their land, estates, developments and operations
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