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Departmental Energy

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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. (201743)

The Department has implemented a number of initiatives to reduce energy consumption. Our estate partner, Land Securities Trillium, is incentivised to reduce energy consumption by 2 per cent. per annum as part of a shared savings mechanism.

There has been a comprehensive campaign to encourage energy reductions, covering both technical and “housekeeping” measures across the estate. These include the implementation of automatic (‘Smart’) meters to provide half-hourly monitoring of consumption, to enable analysis of trends and resolution of any issues the day after they arise, and to improve reporting to staff. Initial estate-wide “spend to save” investments on energy saving devices are nearing completion and further site-specific measures are now under consideration. Figures for 2007-08 are still being gathered, but significant savings are estimated as a result of these initiatives.

Expenditure for the last couple of years is given in the following table: