Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 6th September 2013.

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Photo of John Robertson John Robertson Labour, Glasgow North West

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what guidance with regards to (a) cost and (b) carbon emissions his Department uses to decide what mode of transport is used by his departmental staff on official business.

Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is committed to helping the Government achieve its goal of tackling climate change by reducing carbon emissions.

Online detailed guidance is available to staff reminding them of the necessity to keep travel for work to the minimum to achieve work goals and to always look for sustainable travel options.

With regard to cost, staff are reminded to consider, when planning any travel for work, whether it has been planned in the most cost-effective and time-efficient way.

With regard to carbon emissions, DECC has a sustainable travel policy and a business travel emissions reduction plan which strongly encourages use of more carbon efficient modes of transport and the use of video and audio conferencing. Carbon data is included in monthly management information reports.

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