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Departmental Energy

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to reduce the amount of energy it wastes. (244608)

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is committed to improving energy efficiency of the defence estate and the latest performance confirms that the Department is on target to meet, and possibly exceed sustainable operations on the Government estate (SOGE) energy related targets.

The MOD’s consolidated, weather corrected performance for 2007-08 relative to 1999 to 2000 levels as reported by the Sustainable Development Commission in December 2008 was:


Tonnes CO2 2007-08


Tonnes CO2 Baseline


Performance against target (percentage)


This significant reduction has been achieved through a combination of estate rationalisation, greater focus and co-ordination of effort to increase energy awareness and the development of effective local initiatives to reduce carbon emissions and improvements in data management. In addition, the MOD continues to identify opportunities to further reduce energy consumption for example, investing in our infrastructure to improve building energy management and efficiency, installing more energy efficient lighting, automated metering and making available funding for energy efficiency/carbon reduction projects.