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Ministry of Defence: Energy Supply

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 1st October 2019.

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Photo of Nicholas Dakin Nicholas Dakin Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, 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 select 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.

Photo of Anne-Marie Trevelyan Anne-Marie Trevelyan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

A list of the providers who supply energy to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) can be found in the table below.

Type of Energy

Name of Supplier/s

Electricity (metered non-half hourly)

British Gas Business

Electricity (metered half hourly)





Flogas and Calor


Forest Fuels

Gas in Northern Ireland


Electricity in Northern Ireland

Veridian trading as Energia


Certas Energy UK Ltd


Certas Energy UK Ltd trading as Scottish Fuels


Highland Fuels Ltd




WFL UK Limited - a World Fuel Services company


Standard Fuel Oils Ltd


LCC Group

The latest published Greening Government Commitment figures for MOD CO2 emissions are for 2018/19 and cover the UK estate. 827,829 tonnes of CO2 were emitted in that year. This represented a 42% reduction against a 2009/10 baseline, compared to a 2020 target of 40%.

The criteria used to select energy suppliers, is set by Crown Commercial Services.

The MOD has taken a number of steps to reduce CO2 emissions including:

  • Estate rationalisation and optimisation;
  • Introduction of Energy Master Plans;
  • Participation in the Cabinet Office and BEIS Modern Energy Partners initiative pilot programme to use the scale of the central Government public sector estate to accelerate deployment of sophisticated clean energy solutions.
  • Introduction of spend to save programmes using proven technology such as LED lighting; installation of dynamic boiler management Uunits and automated urinal flushing units;
  • Piloting energy performance contracts and largescale ground mounted solar Photovoltaic arrays; and
  • Entering into a power purchase agreement for the supply of low carbon renewable electricity to RAF Marham.

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