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Energy Policy

Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement, in relation to his Department and each agency and non-departmental public body for which his Department is responsible, on (a) the amount of energy consumed, (b) spending on (i) energy and (ii) energy efficiency measures, (c) the amount saved through energy efficiency measures and (d) energy policy in each of the last five years. [108862]

Information in relation to the Department's main administrative buildings, plus a number of subsidiary offices, agencies and non-departmental public bodies where available is shown in the tables. Figures in the first table are based on information reported in the first "Sustainable Development In Government" annual report and the earlier "Greening Government" annual reports and have been weather corrected. Expenditure on energy efficiency measures is not recorded separately but is included as part of regular maintenance and updating of ageing equipment.

Main Department of Health Buildings
Energy Consumption (GWh/y)Energy Expenditure (£/y)Energy/m2 (k W/m2/y)Percentage savings over 1997–98
1997–9819.4738,355309.16
1998–9922.51786,383358.73-16.03
1999–200023.12758,908368.44-19.18
2000–0120.81653,639331.65-7.27
2001–0219.59717,423312.14-1.97

Notes:

Column 1. Energy consumption shown in the table is weather- corrected, using annual degree days relative to the 20-year average for 1990–91. The figures are those reported on for the Central Government Estate campaign, and generally include each Department's main estate plus agencies, but not NDPBs.

Column 2. Energy expenditure: this is actual spend. The Climate Change Levy was paid between April and November 2001; since that date the Department has purchased electricity from a green tariff for its main London estate.

Column 4. Savings over 1997–98: These have been expressed as percentage savings relative to the first year quoted here, and are based on the figures in the preceding column.

Energy consumption figures in the following tables have not been weather corrected.

Departmental Records Office

Energy consumption (G Wh/y)

Energy Expenditure (£/y)

Energy/m2 (k W/m2/y)

Percentage savings over 1997–98

1997–980.7617,844217.17
1998–990.9019,806256.84-18.27
1999–20000.7316,260209.713.43
2000–010.6312,503179.2017.48
2001–020.7317,245209.063.73

Medical Devices Agency

1

Energy consumption (G Wh/y)

2

Energy Expenditure (£/y)

Energy/m2 (k W/m2/y)

Percentage savings over 1997–98

1997–980.4222,026134.63
1998–990.3615,021115.9913.84
1999–20000.3716,946117.2512.90
2000–010.4115,684130.602.99
2001–020.4120,534131.572.27

1,2The Medical Devices Agency's main building is Hannibal House. The Medical Devices Agency (since April 2003, the Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency) occupies 38 per cent. of the building, while the rest is occupied by central DH and other related bodies. Figures in the table have therefore been calculated on the basis of 38 per cent. of total consumption. Only electricity figures are given; gas for heating is supplied via the Landlord's service charge and is not included here.

NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency1,2

Energy consumption (G Wh/y)

Energy Expenditure (£/y)

Energy/m2 (k W/m2/y)

Percentage savings over 2001–02

2000–011.2928,730351.05
2001–021.1954,438323.867.75

1This table relates to buildings occupied by the Purchasing and Supply Agency (PASA) in Chester, Reading and Sheffield.

2The Agency came into existence in April 2000. Figures for its predecessor body (part of the NHS) have not been sought.

Dental Practice Board1

Energy consumption (G Wh/y)

Energy Expenditure (£/y)

Energy/m2 (k W/m2/y)

Percentage savings over 1997–98

1997–983.99128,286398.64
1998–993.47111,780346.9112.98
1999–20003.2992,059329.3617.38
2000–013.1685,748315.6720.81
2001–023.1192,295310.9222.01

1The Dental Practice Board is an NDPB based in Eastbourne. The building is shared with other occupiers, but the DPB is responsible for energy efficiency measures. Figures are for the whole building.

The Energy White Paper, "Our Energy Future—Creating a Low Carbon Economy", made clear the importance the Government attach to improving energy efficiency in its own estate. This is reflected in several targets. There is currently an interim target of a 1 per cent. per annum ongoing reduction in weather-corrected carbon emissions, pending the development of new indicators and targets based on benchmarking the performance of each department's largest buildings. These new targets are planned to be in place later this year. New targets for Government Departments' use of combined heat and power generated electricity will also be established during 2003.

In addition, the review of Government procurement has identified areas where procurement could reinforce the achievement of these targets, and arrangements are being made centrally for Departments to purchase goods with high energy efficiency standards and which provide good value for money.

The Department of Health has a good record on the environmental management of its own estate and continues to seek ways of improving its performance. Against the Government target that five per cent. of Departments' electricity should come from renewable sources by 30 March 2003, the Department has been purchasing renewable energy for the majority of its London administrative buildings since November 2001. This effectively reduces carbon to air emissions by 39 per cent. per annum.