To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 26 June 2020 to Question 60667 on Renewable energy, what plans his Department has to install solar panels and wind turbines on its buildings in the next five years.
My Department is committed to Greening Government commitments promoting initiatives where possible. The NIO’s offices are based on leased sites in London and Belfast; both buildings are listed as part of the national heritage programme which limits the capacity to adopt features such as wind turbines or solar panels. My officials have explored plans for installing renewable energy sources with the landlords who have advised that they currently have no plans to install solar panels or wind turbines.
Both landlords did however confirm that they seek to reduce their impact on the environment where possible. The Belfast office has now committed to providing sustainable water sourcing as part of their support for clean renewable energy.