Climate change department fails in attempt to save energy

The Government department leading the fight against climate change has abandoned an attempt to switch off the air conditioning in its Whitehall office building to save energy and cut emissions.

The Government department leading the fight against climate change has abandoned an attempt to switch off the air conditioning in its Whitehall office building to save energy and cut emissions.

 

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (Decc), whose central London building was awarded a lowest level 'G' energy efficiency rating, said it wanted to reduce emissions by 10 per cent by March next year. As part of efforts to save energy during the summer the department decided to turn off the air conditioning and "open the windows" but abandoned the scheme because of noise and dust from work on a neighbouring building.

 

A spokesman for the department said: "As part of our efforts to save energy over the summer we decided to turn off the air conditioning and open the windows.

"It's right we gave it a go but there was a lot of noise and dust because of renovation work to the building next door.

 

"But we're still working on a number of ways to save energy including more energy efficient lighting, promoting behaviour change across the Department as well as making changes to the heating and air conditioning systems."

 

The Mayor of London's environment advisor Isabel Dedring recently warned against increased use of air conditioning systems in the capital in the face of a warming climate - because the extra energy needed to run them would lead to more greenhouse gas emissions, making the situation worse.

 

Instead she said London needed more trees, green spaces and green roofs and walls to help keep buildings and streets in the centre of town cool.

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