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To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which provider supplies energy to his Department; how much CO2 was emitted through his Department’s energy consumption in the latest period for which figures are available; whether the criteria his Department uses to selecting an energy supplier includes how environmentally friendly the supplier is; and what recent steps his Department has taken to reduce CO2 emissions from its energy use.
The Department is mandated to use the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) energy frameworks for the supply of gas, electricity and liquid fuels. The CCS competes frameworks on the open market and selects the energy providers according to a set of award criteria, normally based on price and quality. The current suppliers for each of these services is: EDF Energy for half-hourly electricity, British Gas for non-half-hourly electricity, Corona for gas and various suppliers for liquid fuels.
In 2018-19, the Department emitted 7,890 t/CO2e which represents a 63% reduction compared to 2009-10. This has been achieved through improved building management, estate rationalisation and co-location, and decarbonisation of grid electricity.