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Energy Efficiency

Volume 406: debated on Wednesday 11 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what targets his Department has for improving energy efficiency; and how he intends to achieve these targets. [116649]

The Climate Change Programme, published by the then Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions in November 2000, was laid before the Northern Ireland Assembly. The energy efficiency targets it contains were included in the Northern Ireland Executive's Programme for Government and also adopted by the Northern Ireland Office for the areas within its control. These targets are being pursued by: (a) programmes of training in energy awareness for key staff; (b) regular investment in projects to improve the energy efficiency of, and reduce emissions from, buildings occupied by Departments; and (c) regular monitoring of buildings' energy performance.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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. [108863]

The Northern Ireland Office and the Northern Ireland Administration do not hold the information in the format requested.With the establishment of the Northern Ireland Executive, all the Northern Ireland Departments, their agencies and many other public bodies were reorganised. Furthermore, the basis on which information is collected was changed from April 2000. The combined effect of these changes means that it is difficult to make meaningful comparisons across the period as a whole.The information available is given in the following tables.Investment in energy efficiency includes support from the Central Energy Efficiency Fund, a measure unique to Northern Ireland. Between 1997–98 and 2001–02, in addition to departmental investment, the Fund has invested £12.7 million, producing an estimated cumulative saving for that period of £16.4 million.Departments and other public bodies in Northern Ireland have been actively seeking to improve their energy efficiency for many years, and are aware of the targets for improvement contained in the Climate Change Programme.

PQ 1000/03

Northern Ireland Departments—Energy Consumption (kWh)—1997–2000





3-year total






Prison Service73,869,69882,317,44574,246,430230,433,573
Probation Board1,073,261899,3481,540,7053,513,314
RUC Estate Services96,563,72095,532,28499,029,833291,125,837

Northern Ireland Departments—Energy Consumption (kWh)—2000–2002




2-year total

Agricultural Research Institute of NI1,301,3341,329,0362,630,370
Education and Library Bds446,963,427385,658,801832,622,228
Further Education Colleges47,737,23847,142,10394,879,341
DHSS and PS728,632,911695,895,3761,424,528,287
Core Buildings7,586,1157,156,55614,742,671
Fire Authority for NI13,805,38713,909,71627,715,103
Roads Service99,245,787102,136,164201,381,951
Water Service221,433,423236,514,571457,947,994
NI Housing Executive11,292,65810,547,52921,840,187
Total—NI Departments1,814,157,2211,732,325,5153,546,482,736
Prison Service54,098,54146,861,152100,959,693
Probation Board1,034,0871,611,8722,645,959
Royal Ulster Constabulary/Police Service for NI Estate Services101,046,077100,412,788201,458,865
Overall total1,974,337,4281,885,496,8083,859,834,236

1 DFP did not have any buildings of its own and occupied buildings managed by DOE as part of the Office Estate.

2 With the exception of Hillsborough Castle, all energy consumed in NIO buildings is managed through the Construction Service, formerly part of DoE but now with DFP. Until 2000, electricity was supplied to the Stormont Estate by NIE. The cost was then apportioned to the user departments according to their space occupancy but no kWh figures were ever produced. The information for Hillsborough Castle and the amount of oil burned at Stormont House is available but the inclusion of these figures in the table would be misleading.

* Figures for DCAL, DE and DHFETE/DEL are not currently available.