Environmental improvement

To underpin our targets, an annual Environmental Improvement Plan (EIP) drives continual environmental improvement.

Energy and utility improvements

Recent carbon saving at Parliament includes;

  • adjustments to the building management system;
  • lighting replacement;
  • reduction of incoming energy wastage (voltage optimisation);
  • insulation trials;
  • re-commissioning of boilers;
  • energy efficiency options studies for all outbuildings;
  • developing the environmental requirements and opportunities for the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal programme;
  • implementing a Parliament wide environmental engagement programme.

This has resulted in a 17.4% reduction of absolute carbon emissions in 2013/14 against our base year of 2008/09.

Waste and resource improvements

Parliament has continued to increase its water efficiency since 2008/09 and figures up to 2013/14 show water consumption have fallen by 33.1% since this date. Since our base year Parliament’s recycling rate has increased by 11.8% and there has been a reduction in the weight of waste generated by 26.1%.

Recent initiatives to increase Parliament’s recycling rate include;

  • Parliament’s general office waste is disposed of to a local energy-from-waste facility.  None of Parliament’s general waste goes to landfill;
  • a new office waste collection system which allows for dry recyclables (i.e. paper, cans and plastic) to be collected together;
  • and a scheme to compost catering waste in several kitchens within the Parliamentary Estate;
  • The Houses of Parliament have signed up to the WRAP Hospitality & Food Service Agreement, a voluntary agreement to help prevent unnecessary waste and monitor waste management;
  • Parliament continues to target a reduction in the generation of its waste and increases in its recycling rates as a priority as per the waste hierarchy and where appropriate uses procurement specifications to encourage supply chain improvements.

Green Travel improvements

Parliament launched its Green Travel Plan (GTP) in December 2010 with the principal aim to provide information to staff, Members, Members' staff and visitors to help reduce commuting and work-related transport carbon emissions.

Recent improvements include the provision of a Dr Bike maintenance scheme and installation of improved cycle parking facilities for cyclists on the Estate.