Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 9th December 2014.

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Photo of Simon Kirby Simon Kirby Conservative, Brighton, Kemptown

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he has taken to insulate his departmental estate in order to improve energy efficiency; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Kris Hopkins Kris Hopkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

The Department for Communities and Local Government has undertaken a number of steps to insulate its offices. All refurbishment work is compliant with the most recent building regulations, specifically the insulation requirements contained within Part L Conservation of Fuel and Power. The Department has also undertaken retrofit measures, such as draught proofing and lagging pipes, ducts and vessels; as well as trialling innovative window films which help improve the thermal efficiency of glazing.

In addition, the Department is committed to complying with the Top Quartile for Energy Performance target which helps ensure that any new buildings to the Government estate are energy efficient and well insulated.

In parallel to our work on insulation and energy conservation, the Department has implemented a more comprehensive carbon reduction programme which has led to a 54% reduction in its greenhouse gas emissions since 2009-10. This has primarily been achieved through low and no cost energy efficiency measures, and operating our buildings even more efficiently. In taking this action, we have reduced our annual energy bill by £925,000 since 2009-10, and we continue to work towards identifying even greater efficiencies.

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