Govt offices to go green
The state government is keen to reduce its carbon footprint.
The Environment Department has created a list of instructions that may soon become mandatory for all government offices.
The list will be put up before the state cabinet for approval on Thursday. “We are committed to conservation and to tackle climate change. Hence, we have put together some small changes that can be incorporated at our level,’’ said Environment Minister, Suresh Shetty.
Some of the changes include reducing use of paper, a complete ban on plastic at workplace, banning firecrackers at government functions and avoiding the use of official sirens other than for ambulances.
All government offices will also shift to energy efficient tube lights, bulbs and fan regulators that have been given four and five stars by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency. The department has also suggested that employees should opt for car-pooling as far as possible since commuting contributes to 90 per cent of carbon footprint.
“If we follow green norms ourselves then we will be in a position to ask others to follow us,” said an official from the department requesting anonymity. “These are small steps that can be taken at any workplace and important in lieu of our current power and water crunch.’’
Bureaucrats, however, said these changes are easier said than done.
“I don’t think most of our colleagues will want to share vehicles or go for a car pool. Even things like a ban on firecrackers will be difficult to implement at the ground level,’’ said a senior official from the state secretariat requesting anonymity.
Government departments are already finding it difficult to switch to energy-efficient CLF bulbs. A decision to opt for CLF bulbs in all offices was made in January this year.
“There seem to be two lobbies at work. One says switching to CLF bulbs in large government offices makes no sense because more CLF bulbs will be required and hence more power will be consumed than regular tube lights,” Shetty said. “We are studying the pros and cons and will take decision on this later.’’