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Departments: Energy

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what strategy he has put in place for (a) the use of renewable energy and (b) meeting energy targets in his Department's buildings; and if he will make a statement. (125398)

The Department works very closely with its Estate Partner, Land Securities Trillium to meet the targets for sustainable operations on the Government estate, which were published on 12 June 2006. A package of measures is in place to address the energy targets, including ‘spend-to-save' investment in energy efficient equipment, new monitoring arrangements (which allow the identification, and subsequent rectification of anomalies in energy use) and an ongoing commitment to purchase off-site renewable energy. Regular meetings are held with sustainable development representatives from individual DWP businesses to identify potential efficiency measures and monitor progress. The Department is now assessing also the potential for on-site generation of renewable energy.

The latest available figures for 2005-06 show the Department consumed 327,460,763 kWhs of electricity. Of this 175,174,178 kWhs were acquired from renewable sources—this accounts for 53.5 per cent. of the total electricity consumption.

Information on the Department’s performance on all sustainability targets can be found in the Department's annual sustainable development report and the sustainable development in Government report produced by the Sustainable Development Commission.