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New Zealand Parliament to install solar, cut carbon

25 Sep 2020, 15:18 GMT+10

WELLINGTON, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand Parliament is leading by example by taking action to cut its carbon footprint by installing solar and improving energy efficiency, Minister for Climate Change James Shaw said on Friday.

The minister confirmed that Parliamentary Services will receive support through the Clean-Powered Public Service Fund to install solar PV and LED lighting, significantly reducing the carbon footprint of the historic parliamentary estate.

"When the Zero Carbon Bill passed with unanimous support last year, most people would have expected that Parliament go another step and work to cut its own emissions," Shaw said.

Installing solar PV and LED lighting will reduce Parliament's carbon emissions by around 1,690 tonnes over the next 10 years, he said.

"We have made huge progress over the last three years to transition New Zealand to net-zero carbon emissions, with progress on a whole host of areas including transport, clean energy and buildings," he added.

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