Phil Woolas again:
Phil Woolas, the environment minister, added that the amount of money spent on mineral water "borders on being morally unacceptable".
Their comments come as new research shows that drinking a bottle of water has the same impact on the environment as driving a car for a kilometre. Conservation groups and water providers have started a campaign against the £2 billion industry.
He says "up to 6 million bottles a day". Other estimates are of 2 billion bottles a year (roughly the same number).
Driving a car for a kilometre is, say, 130 g CO2? (Not entirely accuratebut it\’s a figure that bandied about).
2 billion x 130 g divided by 1 million to give us tonnage: 260,000 tonnes CO2. Hmm, about ten times what I\’d thought earlier.
My suspicion is that the linkage with driving a km has been rather sexed up. Still, of out 6 GT emissions as a country that is 0.004%.
How wonderful that we\’ve got the government concentrating on the important points, eh?