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Energy Consumption

Volume 173: debated on Tuesday 5 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will give for each year from 1978 the energy consumption, broken down by fuel, of the buildings occupied by his Department, expressing the figures in (a) cash terms, (b) 1978–79 money terms and (c) units of consumption for electricity in kilowatt hours, gas in therms, liquid fuel in litres and solid fuel in tonnes.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will give the number of energy audits carried out in his Department in the last five years and for each audit a statement of its main conclusions.

No full energy audit has been carried out in my Department in the past five years, but energy usage is closely monitored. The Department is investing in energy saving projects with the aim of saving 15 per cent. of energy costs over the next five years.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will give the number of dedicated energy managers in his Department and the number of person years devoted to energy management in the latest year.

Twenty staff are designated energy managers as part of their duties. The Department devoted about three person years to energy management last year. This does not include the resources deployed by the Property Services Agency in our buildings.