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B&Q advises government on energy use

Published:  05 August, 2010

LONDON: B&Q is one of several retailers recruited to advise the Government on cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

The companies have been given a special role in helping ministers meet their pledge to cut energy use across government by 10% in their first year in office.

Under the guidance of the high-street retailers, departments are embarking on a range of measures that will be outlined today. Although primarily seen as a green policy, led by one of the two environmental departments, the financial savings are the focus, said Greg Barker, the Conservative climate minister.

Marks & Spencer, Tesco, Kingfisher, HSBC and EDF Energy as well as 19 central departments have seats on the cross-government committee set up to oversee the new goal.