Public estate “emits more than Kenya”

Public buildings in England and Wales emit 11 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year, more than Kenya's entire output of the greenhouse gas, the Guardian reported, citing an unpublished energy efficiency audit of 18,000 buildings.

The study included ministerial offices, police stations, museums and art galleries. One in six buildings received the lowest possible energy efficiency rating. The carbon dioxide they produce is the equivalent of all the greenhouse gas emissions saved by the UK's wind power industry.

Environmental campaigners called on the government to invest in an urgent programme of refurbishment to reduce the carbon footprint of public buildings.

"This confirms that the leadership society needs from government on reducing carbon emissions from buildings isn't there," said Tony Juniper, an independent sustainability campaigner and former director of Friends of the Earth.

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