The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and Natural England, the Government’s conservation and wildlife advisor, joined the 10:10 campaign, pledging to cut their carbon emissions by 10% in 2010.
Defra has been consulting on proposals to introduce civil penalties to aid in the enforcement of environmental offences, meaning that companies who commit environmental offences could be fined up to 10% of their turnover.
The European Commission (EC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have agreed to adopt new energy efficiency specifications for office equipment displays under the successful ENERGY STAR programme.
As part of the EU’s strategy to improve the fuel economy of light-duty vehicles, the European Commission has proposed legislation to reduce the average CO2 emissions of light commercial vehicles to 175g/km.
Some of the country’s largest public and private sector employers have pledged to implement the Department for Transport’s new ‘Cycle to Work Guarantee’ scheme, which encourages businesses to improve facilities so that more employees can cycle to work.