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Departmental Energy

Volume 486: debated on Monday 19 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to reduce the amount of energy it wastes. (244610)

The Government’s Delivery Plan for ‘Sustainable Procurement and Operations on the Government Estate’, published in August 2008, provides a full account of the initiatives departments are taking to reduce their energy waste. The Government have committed to updating the Delivery Plan on a six monthly basis, and the first update was published on 18 December. Further details of sustainable operations in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) can be found on page 111 of the 2007-08 FCO departmental report

Since the publication of the departmental report, the FCO has used information obtained for display energy certificates and external ISO 14001 audits to further improve energy efficiency. A hundred overseas posts are introducing an environmental management system which includes measures to improve energy efficiency. This scheme will be rolled out to further posts later this year. Our current information technology infrastructure is being replaced by a system with advanced power saving settings which should also offer a significant energy saving.