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Energy Efficiency

Volume 407: debated on Wednesday 25 June 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what targets his Department has for improving energy efficiency; and how he intends to achieve these targets. [116642]

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has adopted the cross government interim target of 1 per cent. per annum reduction in (weather-corrected) CO2 emissions from its estate, relative to the base-year 1999–2000. The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs will agree new targets for 2010, based on benchmarking the performance of individual buildings where possible by the end of the year.This approach should provide central and local energy managers with an effective management tool to identify the best opportunities for efficiency improvements. Detailed measures will be a matter for individual circumstances.