(ADPnews) - Sep 29, 2010 - The European Parliament (EP) said yesterday that 100% of its electricity already comes from renewable sources.
EP president Jerzy Buzek and secretary general Klaus Welle yesterday renewed the institution's commitments to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions and make better use of energy, water and paper. The commitments entail optimising waste management and including environmental guidelines in procurement procedures.
"If we want to be credible, then we have to do our own homework. I am confident that we will achieve our goal of a 30% reduction in emissions by the end of this decade," Buzek said. The EP achieved a 17.4% reduction in carbon emissions per person between 2006 and 2009.
In order to cut carbon emissions, the EU institution has implemented a number of measures in the last few years and currently more than 55% of its waste is recycled or reused, and hybrid and electric vehicles have been included in its fleet.