Public sector buildings across London are set to get a green makeover as Mayor Ken Livingtone invited tenders for a £10m contract to help cut the buildings carbon emissions.
The contract for a range of energy efficiency services, including surveying and auditing current performance and recommending imporvements, is intended as the first step in a strategy to slash the carbon footprint of the capital's public sector offices.
Transport for London's headquarters are set to be among the first buildings to get an energy-efficiency upgrade with other major Greater London Authority operations such as the Metropolitan police authority, the London Fire and Emergency Planning authority and the London Development Agency also in line for improvements.
Livingstone said that the contract - which is being advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union and is aimed at energy suppliers and facilities management companies - was evidence that London is committed to meeting the environmental targets set out under the C40/Clinton Initiative programme that it signed up to earlier this year.
The move also highlights the growing maturity of the environmental and energy consultancy market and it is hoped that the increase in public sector investment in such consultancy services will help to stimulate further development in the market.
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