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Departmental Buildings

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's policy is on improving the energy efficiency of the buildings which it (a) rents and (b) owns; what changes there have been in the energy efficiency of such buildings in the last (i) five and (ii) 10 years; and whether her Department has adopted targets on energy efficiency improvements in the buildings it occupies over the next (A) five and (B) 10 years. (220469)

The Department's policy on improving energy efficiency of the buildings it rents and owns is included in its Sustainable Operations Policy, a copy of which can be found in the Library of the House.

Numerous changes have been made to improve the energy efficiency of the buildings occupied over the last five to 10 years. Our records do not identify the years during this period in which specific measures were taken.

In 2006-07, the Department reported an energy efficiency improvement of 4 per cent. and 18 per cent. in the buildings occupied by its London HQ and its Executive agencies respectively, compared to 2002-03 levels.

The Department has mandatory energy efficiency targets which apply to all central Government Departments and their Executive agencies. These targets for Sustainable Operations on the Government Estate require the Department to:

increase energy efficiency per m2 by 15 per cent. by 2010 and by 30 per cent. by 2020, relative to 1999-2000 levels; and

reduce carbon emissions by 12.5 per cent. by 2010-11, and by 30 per cent. by 2020 relative to 1999-2000 levels.

The Department also intends to act upon those opportunities identified in the Advisory Reports for its Energy Performance Certificates and Display Energy Certificates as a further means to improve the energy efficiency of the buildings it rents and owns.