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Government emissions up 6.25% in 2008 says Hughes

February 5, 2010 12:00 AM

Carbon emissions from the public sector increased 6.25% in 2008, Liberal Democrat analysis of new Government figures reveals.

While every major sector of the economy except housing saw emissions fall, the public sector saw emissions rise from 9.6m tonnes of CO2 equivalent (Mt CO2e) to 10.2 MtCO2e.

Commenting, Liberal Democrat Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Simon Hughes said:

"How can the Government expect to be taken seriously on climate change if it can't even get its own emissions under control?

"Labour is yet again failing to match its climate rhetoric with real action

"Britain needs a Government which sets an example and delivers immediate and ambitious carbon reductions."