coming from renewable sources.
To power the lighting equipment on motorways the Highways Agency
equivalent to 60,000 family homes. The agency now finds 15% of this
energy from sustainable sources, a figure above governmental targets.
This achievement was recently recognised by Office of Government
Commerce which awarded the agency their 'Green Certificate'.
Highways Agency procurement director, Steve Rowsell said: 'Our use of
Green Energy sits alongside our Biodiversity Action Plan as evidence
of our commitment to supporting the environment. We need to maintain
a balance between our responsibility to develop and operate the
strategic road network effectively and our responsibility to sustain
and enhance the environment.
'By sourcing 15% of our energy from renewable resources we are
setting a good standard. Only 3% of the UK's energy is supplied from
renewable sources, so for the agency to procure this amount of green
energy is a considerable step forward. Government targets require us
to find 10% of our power from green sources by 2008, we are clearly
already exceeding this target and plan to further improve in the
1. The Highways Agency is an executive agency of the Department for
Transport. It manages, maintains and improves the network of trunk
roads and motorways in England on behalf of the secretary of state.
It works closely with other transport operators and with local
authorities to integrate the trunk road network with the rest of
England's roads and other forms of travel.
2. Information about roadworks across England's motorway and trunk
road network is available from the Highways Agency Information Line
on 08457 504030 or from the Highways Agency website
Issued by the Highways Agency Press Office.
For further information please contact Ben Wills on 020 7153 4847