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Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans are in place to implement a micro-generation strategy across all government buildings; and what the budget is for this work. (244786)

The Department provides grant funding for the installation of microgeneration technologies to public sector and charitable bodies through Phase 2 of the Low Carbon Buildings Programme. This is a £50 million grant scheme that runs until June 2009. More information is available from the scheme's website at:

The Government have a target to reduce carbon emissions from the Government estate by 12.5 per cent. by 2010-11—the sustainable operations on the Government estate (SOGE) target. The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) Centre of Expertise in Sustainable Procurement (CESP) asks Departments to submit details of the plans they have established to meet this target.

The on-site generation plans that have been reported to the OGC are forecast to save over 7,000 tonnes of CO2. The Government Delivery Plan Update, which was published on 18 December 2008 and is available from the OGC website:

contains details of departmental plans to deliver this SOGE target.

A number of Departments have already reported plans to install on-site generation technologies, some of which include microgeneration technologies. For example, the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform will be installing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels; the Department for International Development are undertaking two projects—a wind turbine and a biomass installation; the Department for Transport will be installing a second combined heat and power (CHP) plant; the Department for Work and Pensions plan to install a wind turbine; the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have plans for a biomass project and a wind turbine project; and HM Revenue and Customs plan a mixture of biomass and wind turbine projects.

DECC also plans to consider options for microgeneration on its own estate, as part of a wider strategy to improve the energy efficiency and wider sustainability of the Department.