14 December 2012

The National Archives' energy performance has improved significantly in the last year, seeing our energy rating rise from D to B.

In 2009 our site at Kew was rated G - the lowest class of energy efficiency.

Since then we have been working with the Carbon Trust to formulate a challenging five year Carbon Management Plan. This sets out how we will achieve a 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from energy and business travel by 2015, with an aspiration to achieve 30%. 

We successfully hit our 25% target earlier this year - three years ahead of our plan. This was achieved by optimising our building control systems, reviewing and improving how our document storage areas operate, upgrading and optimising equipment such as chillers and boilers, and automatically switching off lights and computers.

We are now well on track to meet our 30% reduction by March 2013.

You can find out more about our energy use on our Transparency pages.

Sharing will require cookies. Show details