Government works to reduce carbon emissions
The government is aiming to ensure that all new schools built from 2016 onwards will be eco-friendly.
Announcing the move this week, the Department for Children, Schools and Families is setting up a new taskforce to advise ministers on the best ways of developing zero carbon school buildings.
Children's secretary Ed Balls said that the 2016 target is the "most ambitious design and building initiative" faced by the UK's school system.
"This expert task force drawn from the construction, sustainability and education sectors will help us overcome the technical, design and construction challenges over the next eight years," he stated.
Society has a "clear moral responsibility" to achieve these aims, he added.
Last month, the UK Green Building Council issued a report to demonstrate how buildings can be made zero carbon.
Paul King, chief executive of the organisation, said that the guidelines were intended to promote energy reduction and the use of renewable sources.
Article Date: 17 June 2008
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