Thursday, January 15, 2009


That's one of Peter's favourite acronyms - 'don't do as I do, do as I say'.

And it is highly applicable here as this from highlights what appears to be yet another rather large ooooops! from our Gov.

The building that houses the Committee on Climate Change and the Department of Energy and Climate Control (hmmmm, I wasn't even aware we had a department for climate control?) has been graded with 'with the lowest possible energy score, which was described as "one of the worst ratings yet recorded"'

"For years, ministers have promised to ensure that all buildings under central government control are within the top quartile of energy performance. At present, qualifying could mean getting as low a rating as a C. Yet the building that houses the Committee on Climate Change has one of the very worst of the G ratings so far recorded."

And it gets worse - 15 Gov. departments are actually less energy efficient now than they were in 2000!

Twas ever thus.

1 comment:

Peter said...

When the dust settles on such things, there can often be mitigations that become apparent.

However, there is little here to justify the actions (and inactions) of too many who are paid well, and often to take the poor public to task on box-ticking exercises that may not even have a decent enviROI.

With fines in tow, to add injury to insult.

Of course, fining the government is merely hitting our pockets, and no accountability cultures mean nothing career-threatening will happen as a consequence.

But getting worse since 2000 takes a government of 'all the talents'.

Would any other be better? This is as much a civil service culture as much as political issue.

However, and it's no way to run a democracy, the alternatives could surely do no worse.