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High-street stores to advise government on energy use
Some high-street stores have been asked to advise government on financial savings by cutting energy use.
Departments are embarking on a range of measures under the guidance of the high-street stores that will be outlined today. The measures range from the straightforward-
Barker said: "There's an absolute imperative in making sure these financial savings come from energy bills and not from elsewhere; so that really focuses minds." He also added, referring to tough budget cuts to be announced this autumn: "Also if they can cut this there will be more money for frontline services."
According to Barker, energy reductions would continue in a longer term and eventually departments could cut energy use so low that government could generate more power than it uses from renewable sources on its land and buildings.
Following the announcement done by Cameron that his government would be the "greenest ever", a cross-government committee was set up to oversee the new goal. As well as 19 central departments, Marks & Spencer, Tesco, Kingfisher, HSBC and EDF Energy have also been given seats. Perhaps the most important lesson from M&S has been the importance of ongoing leadership from the top, said Barker.
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