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Building Schools for the Future Programme

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many schools in (a) Lancashire and (b) England are planned to have energy efficiency improvements under the Building Schools for the Future programme; and what estimate he has made of the consequential (i) carbon dioxide emissions avoided and (ii) savings in energy bills; (254194)

(2) how many schools in (a) Lancashire and (b) England have had energy efficiency improvements under the Building Schools for the Future programme; and what estimate he has made of the consequential (i) carbon dioxide emissions avoided and (ii) savings in energy bills.

The Department does not gather detailed information on individual measures that have been implemented to improve energy efficiency for schools within Building Schools for the Future (BSF).

All schools within Building Schools for the Future (BSF) are expected to work with their Local Authority Partnership (LEP) to address their energy consumption. The effectiveness of each LEP is incentivised and monitored through a set of key performance indicators (KPIs). These KPIs include an assessment of energy efficiency in operation: comparing actual energy consumption per unit floor area with design estimates.

In December 2007 we introduced a requirement for all new schools within BSF to reduce their carbon emissions by 60 per cent. relative to the energy efficiency standards in 2002 building regulations. The Department has provided additional funding for more than 200 schools in Building Schools for the Future and the Academies programme to fund the implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy measures on school sites to enable this requirement to be met. We have developed a ‘carbon calculator’ to allow users to demonstrate how they would achieve the 60 per cent. reduction. The carbon calculator compares the likely effectiveness of various energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions, but is not intended to provide accurate forecasts of energy savings.