Bee­hive goes so­lar

The Timaru Herald - - National News -

So­lar panels and LED light­ing are to be in­stalled at the Bee­hive as the Govern­ment takes ac­tion to cut its car­bon foot­print. Cli­mate Change Min­is­ter James Shaw yes­ter­day said so­lar panels would be in­stalled to im­prove en­ergy ef­fi­ciency. ‘‘When the Zero Car­bon Bill passed with unan­i­mous sup­port last year, most peo­ple would have ex­pected Par­lia­ment to go an­other step and work to cut its own emis­sions,’’ Shaw said. ‘‘On top of the huge progress this Govern­ment has made to tackle the cli­mate cri­sis, Par­lia­ment is lead­ing by ex­am­ple and up­grad­ing to use more clean en­ergy.’’ Shaw con­firmed Par­lia­men­tary Ser­vices would re­ceive fund­ing through the clean-pow­ered public ser­vice fund to in­stall the so­lar panels and LED light­ing. This would re­duce Par­lia­ment’s car­bon emis­sions by about 1690 tonnes over the next 10 years. Shaw said ‘‘huge progress’’ had been made over the past three years to move New Zealand to net-zero car­bon emis­sions. Progress con­tin­ues on trans­port, clean en­ergy and build­ings.

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