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Departmental Energy Efficiency

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what his 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 his Department has adopted targets on energy efficiency improvements in the buildings it occupies over the next (A) five and (B) 10 years. (221081)

The Department’s energy policy is to meet the sustainable operations in government SOGE targets and ensure value for money.

The Cabinet Office has participated in the Carbon Trust Carbon Management programme for all buildings that it has influence or control over. It has developed an ongoing action plan which includes projects such as installing lighting controls and improving insulation.

Any major refurbishment or new build the Cabinet Office undertakes will endeavour to meet BREEAM excellent standard wherever this is possible in the context of the historic listed nature of much of the Department’s estate.

It currently purchases either green or CHP energy for all its buildings.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what account his Department takes of the level of energy efficiency of buildings before entering into agreements to (a) rent and (b) purchase those buildings. (221097)

The Cabinet Office has no plans to acquire any new freehold or leased property. In the event that this was to be considered energy efficiency would be an important factor in the decision-making process.