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Parliament: Energy Conservation

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will hold discussions with the authorities of (a) the House of Commons and (b) the House of Lords on measures to reduce energy loss from the Parliamentary estate. (264698)

The Carbon Trust, which is sponsored and funded by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, is working with parliamentary estates staff in seeking to improve the energy efficiency of the parliamentary estate. Following the development of a carbon management plan for Portcullis House in March 2008, the Trust has been considering next steps with parliamentary estates on how to improve the energy efficiency of the Palace of Westminster.

In addition, the Office of Government Commerce’s Centre of Expertise in Sustainable Procurement (CESP) holds bi-monthly practitioner forums to support central Government staff working to improve the sustainability of the Government estate, its operations and procurement. CESP has recently engaged with the parliamentary estates team, providing support and guidance on sustainability targets. CESP has extended an invitation to the parliamentary estates team to attend future practitioner events.