To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, 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 following companies supply the Department with energy:
For the 2019/20 year to date (up to and including July 2019), emissions are 17,967 Tonnes of CO2 equivalent , which is 58% below the 2009/10 baseline for the same period.
All of the Departments energy supplies are taken from agreements put in place by the Crown Commercial Services as per the Cabinet Office mandate. These frameworks do not include environmental factors as part of their selection criterion.
In terms of what recent steps the department has taken to reduce CO2:
- Devising and implementing new design standards to refurbishments and lifecycle works;
- Working with our Estates supply chain to identify operational savings eg; unnecessary heating and lighting during office closures.;
- Estate rationalisation.