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Energy Conservation

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what advice and assistance is available to schools to enable them to reduce their energy bills and use. (73306)

There is extensive guidance available for schools to improve their energy efficiency on the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) webpages1 including the Department's Energy and Water Management Guide. The DfES launched a consultation on its framework for sustainable schools on 15 May. The framework promotes eight doorways to sustainability for schools, one of which is energy and water. The framework promotes a whole school approach to water and energy management in schools. A comprehensive website which will go live on 9 June this year combining management tools with curriculum resources for all of the eight sustainability themes2. The Energy Certification Scheme for Schools3 and the Carbon Trusts programmes4 also provide advice and assistance to schools.

1 www.teachernet.gov.uk/wholeschool/sd/focuson/energy/energy management/

2 www.teachernet.gov.uk/sustainableschools

3 www.est.org.uk/schools

4 www.carbontrust.co.uk/energy