Energy Efficiency

Trade and Industry 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 Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to increase energy efficiency within his Department; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Alan Johnson Alan Johnson Secretary of State for Trade and Industry

DTI are working toward achieving the energy efficiency targets expressed in the Government framework for sustainable development, Part E—Energy. The targets set are to improve the energy efficiency of the buildings on the estate by 15 per cent. in terms of KWH usage and that used per square metre by 2010–11.

The DTI London HQ estate is being reduced by approximately 30 per cent. as the result of a major rationalisation programme to make more efficient use of our accommodation with significant associated reductions in the Department's overall energy usage.

The Department has implemented a number of energy efficiency initiatives since the target was published. The main strategy is to gain efficiencies as a result of the estate strategy to reduce the physical size of the estate and the number of buildings. We have also included a number of energy efficiency projects in our main buildings to improve lighting and environmental controls as well as occupant awareness. We have also commissioned a feasibility study through the Carbon Trust to look at the potential for micro generation on the remaining DTI buildings.

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