Departmental Sustainable Development

Defence written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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Photo of John Martin McDonnell John Martin McDonnell Labour, Hayes and Harlington

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department is on course to meet sustainable operations on the Government estate targets (a) to source at least 10 per cent. of its electricity from renewables by 31 March 2008 and (b) to increase recycling figures to 40 per cent. of waste by 2010.

Photo of Derek Twigg Derek Twigg Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Veterans)

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is committed to working to meet the UK Government sustainable operations on the Government estate targets. For the target to source at least 10 per cent. of its electricity from renewable sources, it was agreed that given the very large scale of the MOD estate the MOD should achieve this target by 2010, rather than by 31 March 2008. The latest available data show that, in 2006-07, 8.8 per cent. of electricity procured by MOD through centrally let contracts was sourced from renewable sources.

In 2006-07, the MOD achieved around a 37 per cent. recycling rate. We will continue to reduce waste and are committed to recovering and recycling more commercial and industrial waste than we send to landfill by 2012 on the way towards becoming a zero-waste to landfill organisation by 2020.

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