[holding answer 16 March 2009]: The Department provides a broad range of advice on improving energy efficiency:
(a) The Government’s Delivery Plan for Sustainable Procurement and Operations on the Government Estate, published in August 2008, sets out how the Government are supporting increased energy efficiency in central Government Departments. It provides guidance on meeting carbon reduction targets, purchasing energy efficient products, and collaborative procurement opportunities.
Salix Finance Ltd. is an independent, publicly funded company set up by the Carbon Trust to accelerate public sector investment in energy efficiency technologies to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy bills.
(b) The DECC-funded Carbon Trust provides information and advice to help businesses and public sector organisations improve their energy efficiency. Advice is delivered via the Carbon Trust website, dedicated advice line, and a range of further services for organisations of different sizes.
The Government are taking steps to improve the ease with which businesses can access advice on improving their energy and resource efficiency, in particular through Business Link and through the Government’s “Real Help for Business” communications campaign, which provides specific advice on how businesses can save money by improving their resource efficiency.
(c) DECC also grant funds The Energy Saving Trust (EST) to support its work reducing carbon emissions from the household sector. The EST is a non-profit organisation, which provides free, impartial advice that plays an important role in helping the Government meet their climate change targets and is a key partner in the Act on CO2 campaign.
Through the Act on CO2 Advice line which was launched in April 2008 and regional one-stop shop advice centres, the EST works directly with consumers to help them reduce their carbon footprint with respect to energy, waste, water and transport.