The Department estimates its future costs of carbon programme compliance using historical CO2 output and offsetting cost data. In financial year 2011-12 the Department spent £82,704 offsetting energy related CO2, this reduced to £81,660 in 2012-13. We would expect these costs to continue decreasing in future years in line with the Departments focus on energy efficiency.
The Department has five core properties whose electricity and gas consumption is offset through the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency scheme. Last year the Department emitted 6,805 tonnes of CO2 related to electricity and gas use, and paid £81,660 in offsetting costs under the CRC scheme.
The Department also participates in the Department for Energy and Climate Change administered Government Carbon Offsetting Framework (GCOF) scheme, which offsets carbon emissions related to Departmental staff business travel. Last year the Department emitted 1,328 tonnes of CO2 related to business travel and paid £903.04 in offsetting costs under the GCOF scheme.