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Departments: Renewable Energy

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 22 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 8 February 2007, Official Report, column 1216W, on renewable energy, what plans he has to increase the amount of energy from renewable sources used by his Department. (127120)

The Department for Work and Pensions currently sources 53.5 per cent. of its total electricity from renewable sources. This is in excess of the original Government target to source 10 per cent. of electricity from renewable sources by 31 March 2008, which remains mandated within the new targets for Sustainable Operations on the Government Estate.

The Department’s estate partner Land Securities Trillium is required to source electricity using competitive tender. Bids are sought on the basis of maintaining current supplies for the Department, which ensures that the Department maintains its own performance while not compromising the ability of the market to supply to others.

In order to increase the volume of renewable energy available, the Department in partnership with Land Securities Trillium is exploring the potential for on-site renewable generation. There are a number of projects where this may be feasible and scoping work is under way. The Department’s annual Sustainable Development reports will provide details of progress.