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White papers needed on buildings' energy

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John Prescott published his white paper on transport this week, continuing the government's fight against car pollution and congestion. Although I certainly back the aim of this policy, as long as public transport is improved, I wonder what the government is going to do to mitigate the potentially greater environmental impact of the 4.4 million dwellings which the DoE estimates will be needed by 2016.

As transport consumes less than half the energy used by buildings (aj 26.3.98), I feel that the government is largely neglecting this opportunity to save energy and avert pollution. Even a relatively simple move, such as making low-flush wcs compulsory in new dwellings, could dramatically reduce the rising demand on the uk's waning water supply, the energy used and pollution caused by the water-treatment process.

KEITH FLETCHER

Castlederg, County Tyrone

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