Departmental Energy

Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of John Redwood John Redwood Conservative, Wokingham

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department has taken to reduce its energy consumption in the last 12 months; and what his Department's expenditure on energy was in (a) the most recent 12 month period for which figures are available and (b) the immediately preceding 12 months.

Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Parliamentary Under-Secretary(Department for International Development) (Trade Policy) (also Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) (Trade and Consumer Affairs) (also Department for International Development), Party Chair, Co-operative Party

My Department has recently undertaken energy audits across its estate. Projects identified to reduce carbon emissions include using lighting controls more effectively and piloting the use of light emitting diode (LED) technology. Staff are encouraged to use video conferencing and to consider how they travel to meetings. Bike loans are also available to staff and environmental awareness campaigns are regularly conducted.

My Department's HQ estate expenditure on energy for the last two reportable years was as follows:

£
2007-08
Electricity 1,572,132.12
Gas 147,783.77
2006-07
Electricity 1,587,809.42
Gas 169,689.90

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