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Departmental Energy

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking to reduce the amount of energy it wastes. (244606)

Communities and Local Government is undertaking a wide range of activity to reduce its energy consumption.

Programmes include installing boiler efficiency devices, replacing older lighting with high efficiency models fitted with movement and daylight sensors, fitting further timers to local water boilers and chillers, and reducing the use of humidification plant where appropriate.

We are actively rationalising our estate to reduce our total footprint. To assist this programme, we are adopting flexible desking in our main headquarter building to ensure the most efficient use of available workstations.

To reduce the demand for heating and air conditioning, building temperature set points are being reduced in winter and increased in summer.

We are reducing the number of printers, photocopiers, and fax machines and replacing them with multi-function devices as part of our wider Sustainable ICT Action Plan. Other initiatives will include removing screen savers and improving the energy efficiency settings of existing devices.

We are assessing further opportunities identified in the advisory reports which accompany our display energy certificates and energy performance certificate, and we are also conducting a number of feasibility studies to assess options for server room heat recovery, reconfiguration of hydraulics to reduce water cooling requirements, options for ground source cooling and potential for voltage optimisation.