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Departmental Energy

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department has taken to reduce its energy consumption in the last 12 months; and what his Department’s expenditure on energy was in (a) the most recent 12 month period for which figures are available and (b) the immediately preceding 12 months. (201778)

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has made significant progress over the past 12 months in reducing energy consumption by taking such steps as improving building energy management and energy efficiency; installing more energy efficient lighting, automated metering and biomass boilers; focussing resources on the top 220 energy consuming defence sites; conducting audits; improving data management; making central funds available for energy efficiency/carbon emissions reduction projects; and embedding pro-rata energy efficiency targets into Service Delivery Agreement between MOD the Under-Secretary and the Department’s management areas.

The Department has published figures for utilities expenditure since 2000. The figure for 2006-07 and 2005-06 have been published in the Department’s accounts and are the latest figures available. The figures are:

Utilities

Financial year 2006-07 (£000)

Heating oil

33,335

Utilities consumption—USF

2,781

Gas

92,244

Electricity

170,459

Water and sewage

20,772

Total

319,591

Utilities

Financial year 2005-06 (£000)

Heating oil

30,913

Utilities consumption—USF

3,132

Gas

100,151

Electricity

141,186

Water and sewage

15,965

Total

291,347