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Inadequacies in Britain’s green govt strategy: Study

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A recent study by an environmental group has highlighted inadequacies of Britain's green government strategy initiated a year ago, with 41% of government respondents not even aware of the strategy.

A year has passed since the launch of the Greening Government ICT Strategy, yet 60% of 150 public sector ICT managers surveyed were not aware of the strategy.

Even among those government respondents aware of the strategy, 67% were “concerned” or “extremely concerned” that the targets would be difficult to achieve, according to the study by Global Action Plan.

Only 13% of respondents calculate the carbon footprint of their ICT activities and 22% have set internal green ICT targets.

Tom Watson, then Minister for Transformational Government, launched the green strategy in July 2008. It aims to achieve carbon neutrality for all central government office estates by 2012, with the overarching commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050.

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