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Scotland aims to deliver a greener Government

The Scottish Government has reduced its waste and increased its recycling rates, according to new figures from its Environmental Annual Report for 2007-2008.

According to the report, the Scottish Government recycled 76 per cent of its waste last year but had a six per cent increase in business travel emissions. It plans to recycle 80 per cent of its waste by 2011 with help from its waste contractor Shanks.

The Scottish Government plans to deliver a greener Government as outlined in the publication of its carbon management plan published at the same time as the report.

Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Stewart Stevenson said: The Government is determined to play a leading role in global efforts to reduce emissions. As part of our drive to create a greener Scotland, we must lead by example and put our own house in order. That is why we are putting in place this carbon management programme which includes specific measures to help cut our emissions.

The report states: Compared with last year, the small reduction in our proportion of recyclable waste was due almost entirely to disposing of less paper and cardboard, and Scottish Government staff reduced their individual share of waste by 30kg each to around 170kg per year.

A total of 60 per cent of waste consisted of paper, 24 per cent consisted of glass, 4 per cent of other recyclables.

The publication of the report comes amid calls from the Scottish Government and the Scottish Trades Union Congress to create low carbon jobs. The two groups will work together to recognise the potential of the low-carbon economy and work in partnership to develop policies to green the Scottish workplace.

First Minister Alex Salmond said: Climate change is the most serious environmental threat faced by the global community. At the same time, however, Scotland has vast potential and comparative advantage in renewable energy. By maximising that potential we can help prepare our nation to recover first and strongest from the current economic downturn, while positioning ourselves at the forefront of the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


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