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DWP Estate Reveals Carbon and Water Sustainability Plans

DWP Estate Reveals Carbon and Water Sustainability Plans
27 June 2023

The UK’s biggest public service, the Department for Work and Pensions, has published sustainability plans for its estate.

The three-year plan is in line with the government’s greening commitments (GGCs), a strategy to improve the environmental impact of the government estate and its operations. The framework includes targets for emission reduction, waste and water consumption, as well as commitments on procurement, nature recovery, climate adaptation, and information and communication technology.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has committed to reducing overall greenhouse gas emissions by 45 per cent from a 2017 to 2018 baseline. The department also aims to reduce water consumption by at least 8 per cent and reduce the overall amount of waste generated by 15 per cent.

Operational Energy Use Intensity requirements will be established for new build and major refurbishment projects, as well as low or zero-carbon energy studies.


What Makes up the Department for Work and Pensions Estate?


The DWP is headquartered at Caxton House in Tothill Street, London, and the estate comprises corporate centres, back-of-house offices, Job Centres and Health Assessment Centres.

In total, the estate is 4 million sqm across 807 sites and 555 locations.

Picture: a photograph of a waste paper basket with screwed-up pieces of paper shown on the floor nearby. Image Credit: Pexels

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 27 June 2023


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