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Renewable Energy

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 4 December 2006, Official Report, column 185W, on renewable energy, what figure this represents as a percentage of total kWh used by her Department; and what plans her Department has to increase the amount of energy acquired from renewable sources. (109786)

On 12 June 2006 my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs announced new sustainable operations targets for the Government Estate. Government Departments are mandated within the new targets to source at least 10 per cent. of electricity from renewables (such as wind, wave, tidal, solar, thermal and photovoltaics (PV’s)) by March 2008.

In the year 2005-06, the amount of renewable energy as a percentage of total kWh used by the Department is as follows:

Renewable energy consumed (kWh)


Headquarter buildings




These figures have yet to undergo independent verification and so must be regarded as provisional.

This answer does not include the buildings occupied by Government Offices, who carry out functions on behalf of 10 Government Departments.

Communities and Local Government and its Agencies review the proportion of energy purchased from renewable resources on an annual basis. This review takes into consideration factors such as cost, market forces and Government commitments.