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12May94 UK: NAO BLASTS ENERGY RECORD - OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

Millions of pounds of taxpayers money are being squandered and thousands of potential construction jobs lost because Government departments are failing to meet their energy saving targets.A report by the National Audit Office (NAO), the public sector finance watchdog, said the efforts of Government departments to meet energy efficiency targets set in 1989 had been disappointing.The Government charged its departments with cutting energy use by 15 per cent by 1996, but the NAO found that in some cases energy consumption had actually increased.Andrew Warren, director of the Association for the Conservation of Energy, said: 'This is an appalling indictment of the sloth, indolence and indifference of each of the different parts of Government regarding meeting even the modest energy saving objectives they have set themselves.'Buildings account for half the carbon dioxide emission in Britain and contribute chlorofluorocarbon emissions blamed for much of the ozone depletion.At the Rio summit in 1992 the Government committed itself to returning emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2000.Through changes in the Building Regulations it aims to encourage energy savings of between 25 and 35 per cent. CONSTRUCTION NEWS