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Departmental Energy

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department has taken to reduce its energy consumption in the past 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. (201746)

Since its creation in July 2007, the Department has taken the following steps to reduce energy consumption in its headquarters buildings:

Launched an internal communications campaign to raise awareness of sustainability issues, highlight successes and initiate activities leading to a more careful use of resources;

Incorporated advice from the Carbon Trust into a sustainable operations management system with action plans in place for each of our sites;

Commissioned external specialist help to investigate options for greater carbon and fiscal savings and these are currently being integrated into the Department's action plans;

Used data for benchmarking and trend analysis from an extended utility bureau contract to provide useful planning and reporting information on our energy use.

The most recent two years of published expenditure data on energy relates to my Department’s predecessor the Department for Education and Skills and is reported as follows:

£

(a) 2005-06

1,636,735

(b) 2006-07

2,080,895