Energy Use (Reductions)

– in the Scottish Parliament at on 6 June 2013.

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Photo of Murdo Fraser Murdo Fraser Conservative

6. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what reductions in energy usage have been achieved across the campus over the last three years. (S4O-02231)

Photo of Linda Fabiani Linda Fabiani Scottish National Party

It seems to be me again, Presiding Officer.

We are pleased that we have reduced the total energy used in the building by 12 per cent over the past three years. We have done that by reducing electricity consumption by 15 per cent and gas by 7 per cent, which has delivered savings of around £200,000 a year. We have reduced the Parliament’s carbon footprint by 19 per cent over the same period.

Photo of Murdo Fraser Murdo Fraser Conservative

I very much welcome the progress that has been made over the past three years by the corporate body. Is there room to make further progress? If so, what additional steps might be taken to improve matters further?

Photo of Linda Fabiani Linda Fabiani Scottish National Party

The process is on-going. We all have a responsibility to meet the Government’s target: members of the Parliament have agreed that that is right; the Parliament, as an institution, has agreed that, too.

We have plans for further action. We have an ambitious target to reduce carbon emissions by 42 per cent by 2020 compared to 2005-06 levels. In fact, the corporate body approved at yesterday’s meeting a carbon management plan to ensure that we achieve that target, which we are on course to meet. We will do that by reducing electricity consumption by 40 per cent and gas by 14 per cent.

Of course, it is important that, as technology develops, we invest in new equipment that delivers energy savings when there is a good business case to do so. We had an interesting discussion yesterday about LED lighting in that regard. We will be improving control of equipment in the building and making the heating and ventilation more responsive to requirements.