Sustainability in the Ministry of Justice examined

14 November 2017

The Environmental Audit Committee holds an evidence session with Ministry of Justice officials on the National Audit Office's findings on how the Ministry addresses sustainability issues.


Tuesday 14 November, Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster

At 10.50am

  • Matthew Coats, Chief Operating Officer, Barry Hooper, Chief Commercial Officer
  • Carl von Reibnitz, Estates Directorate, Ministry of Justice
  • Tim James, Property Director, HM Courts and Tribunals Service

Purpose of session

The Ministry of Justice is responsible for 1,650 sites with a collective floor area of more than 5 million m2. The Ministry's estate accounts for around 20% of the greenhouse gas emissions, waste and water use from the central government estate.

Issues that might arise include:

  • Whether the Ministry is meeting its Greening Government Commitments.
  • The Ministry's approach to the Aarhaus Convention and EU law on costs in environmental law cases.
  • How the Ministry is taking sustainability into account as part of its new prison estates programme.
  • How HM Courts and Tribunals Service consider sustainability in the disposal of old court buildings. 

Further information

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