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Thoughts wanted on 'Eco-quarter'

The government is asking for help to decide where the country’s first ‘eco-quarter’ should be, and what green technologies should be used at the site.

Planners have narrowed the proposed site to within the designated eco-region of the Thames Gateway, and have now launched a consultation on what technologies and initiatives could be employed to help the 2,000 new homes and businesses reduce their carbon footprint.

A particular focus will be water neutrality, where new developments try not to get through more water than previously used at the site.

This can be achieved through the use of green technologies, such as water recycling and low-flush toilets.

The proposals are a key part of the Government’s strategy to tackle climate change, according to Thames Gateway minister Shahid Malik.

He added that increasing the energy and eco-performance of existing buildings will reduce emissions and running costs.

Local authorities, developers, residents and delivery bodies in the Thames Gateway and environmental technology companies have until January 8, 2010, to put forward their proposals.

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