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Departmental Energy

Volume 475: debated on Friday 16 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department has taken to reduce its energy consumption in the last 12 months; and what her 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. (201740)

Over the last 12 months the Home Office has reduced energy consumption in our London headquarters by shortening the operating hours of its cooling and heating plant and shortening the switch on periods of the motion detector lighting. Across the UK Borders Agency estate low voltage lighting has replaced less efficient halogen lighting and modifications to fans and pumps to reduce the electrical load have been made.

The table provides figures on energy expenditure on the Home Office estate (excluding the public sector prisons estate now part of the Ministry of Justice) between 2005-06 and 2006-07, the latest years for which data is available. The increase in costs from 2005-06 to 2006-07 is the product of a lower level of consumption and a higher cost of energy. which data is available. The increase in costs from 2005-06 to 2006-07 is the product of a lower level of consumption and a higher cost of energy.

Total energy spend £ (includes gas, electricity, oil)

2006-07

7,631,968

2005-06

7,187,353