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Departmental Energy

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 15 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to reduce the amount of energy it wastes. (244612)

The Home Office (including its Executive Agencies) is conscious of the need to minimise energy consumption. Our new facilities management contractors provide proactive energy management services including the collection of better quality and more timely data.

We have also begun working with the Carbon Trust on a Carbon Management project with a view to surveying our larger buildings across the estate and implementing further energy saving measures.

The Home Office has already taken some steps in many of its larger buildings to use energy more efficiently. For example we have shortened the operating hours of our cooling and heating plant, reduced the switch-on periods of the motion detector lighting and replaced inefficient lamps.