London hospitals criticised over carbon emission levels

Hospitals and prisons in London are among the public buildings that have the worst carbon footprints in the capital, new figures suggest.

New data detailing the carbon emissions of hospitals, prisons, police forces and museums reveal that the situation is far worse than previously estimated.

The figures, obtained by the Guardian under the Freedom of Information Act, indicate that the most polluting buildings are hospitals, eight of which rank among the bottom ten worst offenders.

Producing 46,218 tonnes of CO2 in a year, the Royal London in Whitechapel is the worst performing and could no doubt benefit from better waste reduction and sustainability practices.

Commenting on the findings, chief executive of the UK Green Building Council Paul King said that disparity between the huge number of high compared to low-emission buildings was “hardly a surprise”.

He said: “Ironically public sector buildings stick out like a sore thumb simply because we have the figures available.

“If government rolled out the same labelling scheme for commercial buildings, we would see that although our public sector buildings are awful, they are probably no worse than private sector buildings such as offices, shops and warehouses.”ADNFCR-2805-ID-19537735-ADNFCR

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