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British High Commission celebrates first ever Green Great Britain Week

The first Green Great Britain Week is being celebrated from 15 th October – 19 th October 2018
by the British High Commission, Islamabad. Marked by British Embassies and High
Commissions around the world, this week celebrates clean growth in the UK and the
importance of taking care of the environment for future generations.
To mark the start of Green Great Britain Week the UK government has unveiled a package
of measures to help transform energy infrastructure to make it cleaner and greener,
including: proposals for new laws for smart energy appliances like washing machines and
electric heating, laying the groundwork for a smart and clean electricity system of the future
with the ambition of making all new buildings smart by 2030; opening the £18 million Heat
Recovery Support Programme to help businesses become more energy efficient, which
could save industry up to £500 million on their energy bills while making manufacturing firms
more competitive; and launching a £320 million government fund in low-carbon heating for
cities.
In Islamabad, the British High Commission has undertaken a number of initiatives to play its
part in marking Green Great Britain Week. The British High Commission has launched a
number of eco-friendly reusable items for sale in its premises, which include customised
water bottles, coffee cups and reusable straws. It has already banned the use of plastic
bottles from its buildings and has the ambition to become completely free of avoidable single
use plastics within the next year.
Earlier this year to mark World Environment Day, the British High Commission planted 80
new trees in the British Residential Compound in the Diplomatic Enclave, produced special
recycling bins which were placed in the residential compound and at a CDA waste collection
point, and installed time lighting sensors to reduce electricity usage in its offices.
The British High Commissioner Thomas Drew said:
“The UK is a world leader when it comes to tackling climate change. Green Great
Britain Week is another reminder of the importance that we place on making the
world a cleaner and more sustainable place for us to live in.
“Pakistan is among the top ten countries in the world that is most at risk of climate
change. For that reason, the UK Government plans to invest further in climate
change initiatives here. We look forward to continuing our work in this vital sector,
which is so important for a more prosperous Pakistan.”
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As part of the Industrial Strategy Clean Growth Grand Challenge, the UK government will be
working in partnership with business and civil society to introduce an annual ‘Green’ week
designed to highlight the opportunities clean growth offers the UK and raise understanding of
how business and the public can contribute to tackling climate change. 
Green Great Britain Week will showcase the benefits that clean growth will bring to all parts
of society – from new jobs to cleaner air. This year the week will focus on celebrating UK
leadership on climate change, marking the 10-year anniversary of the Climate Change Act
and providing a platform for the latest research on the impacts of climate change.
The 2018 Global Climate Risk Index ranked Pakistan as the 7 th most vulnerable country to
climate change due to a combination of increasing temperatures, drought and monsoon
flooding.

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