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The Department is committed to becoming net zero by 2050 at the latest and work is in progress to meet that target. It is too early to give an assessment of the non-financial effect on the Department.
The Department undertook an energy audit in 2019 and we are currently undertaking a range of works, including installation of LED lighting, to reduce our energy consumption. We have established a sustainability board to oversee our planning on net zero. Since 2010 we have:
- Reduced carbon emissions by 65%
- Reduced waste production by 72%
- Eradicated the majority of single-use plastics, including preventing 120,000 single use coffee cups from going to landfill in 2019.