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Energy Use Targets

Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the voluntary targets for energy use in NHS capital schemes have been made mandatory; what progress his Department has made in revising the NHS carbon dioxide standard of heat insulation; and whether it is his intention to bring the revised NHS carbon dioxide standard into line with the current British Standard for heat insulation. [129150]

In April 2001 the then Minister of State for Health, my right hon. Friend the Member for Southampton, Itchen (Mr. Denham), set mandatory energy targets for the national health service in England.NHS Estates is currently undertaking a comprehensive review of its healthcare engineering guidance which includes Model Engineering Specification CO

2 Thermal Insulation (MES CO2 ). It is NHS Estates' intention to harmonise MES CO2 with the revised British Standard.