Energy Efficiency

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries Conservative, Mid Bedfordshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to increase energy efficiency within his Department; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of James Plaskitt James Plaskitt Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions

The Department for Work and Pensions is fully committed to improving its energy efficiency in line with the Framework for Sustainable Development on the Government Estate. We are working in collaboration with our PFI Estates Partners, Land Securities Trillium, to install energy efficient equipment across the estate under our 'Spend to Save' investment scheme (including PIR lighting and water boiler controls, extra insulation and fridge/cooler controllers). We also maximise energy efficiency during the life-cycle replacement of plant and equipment. To complement this, a national awareness campaign to encourage all members of staff to play their part is ongoing, and the Department is working with the Carbon Trust under its Carbon Management Programme.

To further reduce CO 2 emissions, the Department has increased to 60 per cent. the percentage of electricity purchased from renewable sources such as wind power and Combined Heat and Power.

Progress against targets is reported in the DWP Sustainable Development Annual Report which was published in December 2005. A copy of this can be found on the DWP website at:

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