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Departmental Energy

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps have been taken by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies to improve the thermal efficiency of their buildings in the last 12 months. (266759)

The Department and its agencies (Medicines and Healthcare product Regulatory Agency and NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency) have not undertaken any steps to improve the thermal efficiency of our buildings in the last 12 months.

We have been working with the Carbon Trust over the past two years to identify energy saving measures, and this has been reflected in an improvement in our performance on energy efficiency in 2007-08, compared with 2006-07. We have a number of further initiatives planned, which should improve these figures further in the coming year.

On 12 December 2008, the Sustainable Development Commission published its latest annual Sustainable Development in Government report, which sets out Government's performance against these and other targets. The Department was ranked in fourth place across Government, with an overall mark of 87 per cent.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much (a) electricity, (b) gas and (c) other fuel was used by (i) his Department and (ii) each of its agencies in each of the last 10 years. (267333)

The Department and its Executive Agency NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (PASA) have used the following amounts:

DepartmentNHS PASA

Electricity

(kWh)

(kWh)

1999-2000

14,081,000

813,129

2000-01

13,802,000

622,901

2001-02

13,417,000

648,947

2002-03

13,780,000

593,896

2003-04

13,913,000

578,984

2004-05

14,220,000

580,332

2005-06

13,454,000

640,780

2006-07

12,340,000

670,197

2007-08

12,065,000

718,863

Gas

(kWh)

(kWh)

1999-2000

6,411,000

829,826

2000-01

6,180,000

566,937

2001-02

4,237,000

560,301

2002-03

5,268,000

507,060

2003-04

5,208,000

482,176

2004-05

5,604,000

444,397

2005-06

4,636,000

506,310

2006-07

3,835,000

429,092

2007-08

4,176,000

523,680

We do not have any records prior to 1999-2000.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency are unable to provide this information as the data is not available from their landlord.

These figures are based on actual usage of fuel over the period and differ slightly from the figures submitted as part of the Sustainable Development in Government (SDiG) reporting process, as some buildings were excluded from this exercise. SDIG figures are also weather corrected data.

The information in this answer covers the Department's central administrative estate of Richmond House, Wellington House and Skipton House. The Department is a minor occupier in New Kings Beam House (HM Revenue and Customs) and Quarry House in Leeds (Department of Work and Pensions) and the data for these sites is not available to us. Reductions in 2005-06 and 2006-07 are due to the closure of two London buildings. Eileen House and Hannibal House.

The data supplied for NHS PASA relates to energy used at their Reading, Chester and Sheffield sites.