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Departmental Energy

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent progress his Department has made towards its target for the energy efficiency per square metre of its estate; and if he will make a statement. (266866)

BERR are continuing to work towards achieving the energy efficiency targets expressed in the Sustainable Operation of the Government Estate (SOGE) framework. Our main strategy has been to gain efficiencies through a reduction in the physical size of its estate and the number of buildings occupied. As a result the whole BERR estate has been reduced by 58 per cent. and its overall carbon footprint by 26 per cent. since the baseline year of 1999-2000.

As we are working the remaining buildings harder, through better space optimisation, energy use has risen slightly. We are addressing this through improved utilisation of building management systems; installing new environmental and lighting controls during 2008-09, together with introduction in January 2009 of new automated monitoring and targeting systems, which will give significant savings over the next few years.

Furthermore, in mid-February 2009, BERR installed two sets of photovoltaic arrays on the roof of its 1 Victoria Street HQ building and carried out a thermal imaging study. We are currently evaluating the latter study to see if there are additional means of improving the performance of the HQ building.

BERR's HQ estate recently received the Carbon Trust Standard certification.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much (a) electricity, (b) gas and (c) other fuel was used by (i) his Department and (ii) each of its agencies since the establishment of his Department; and how much was used by each of the regional development agencies in each of the last 10 years. (267342)

Since the inception of BERR in June 2007, the Department has used the following amounts of electricity and gas on its HQ estate up to the end of February 2009.

kWh

Electricity

19,706,096

Gas

9,264,323

I have approached the chief executives of the Insolvency Service and Companies House and they will respond to you directly.

The following tables contain details of the amounts spent by each regional development agency on electricity, gas and other fuels during the past 10 years. Where there is a blank entry (—), figures are unavailable and would incur disproportionate cost to produce. The RDAs do not record units used.

Advantage West Midlands

£000

Electricity

Gas

Other fuel

2007-08

67

12

0

2006-07

51

6

0

2005-06

72

9

0

2004-05

50

7

0

2003-04

42

7

0

2002-03

34

4

0

2001-02

29

3

0

2000-01

1999-2000

1998-99

Total

345

48

0

East of England Development Agency

£000

Electricity

Gas

Other fuel

2007-08

44

7

0

2006-07

76

9

0

2005-06

46

2

0

2004-05

24

3

0

2003-04

28

2

0

2002-03

18

2

0

2001-02

13

2

0

2000-01

8

1

0

1999-2000

1998-99

Total

257

28

0

East Midlands Development Agency

£000

Electricity

Gas

Other fuel

2007-08

53

24

0

2006-07

50

25

0

2005-06

61

16

0

2004-05

43

13

0

2003-04

23

5

0

2002-03

32

7

0

2001-02

2000-01

1999-2000

1998-99

Total

261

90

0

London Development Agency

Total fuel cost (£000)

2007-08

128

2006-07

145

2005-06

115

2004-05

2003-04

2002-03

2001-02

2000-01

1999-2000

1

1998-99

1

Total

388

1 LDA not established.

The LDA does not record fuel expenditure in the manner requested. As a result, it would be unable to break down its energy spend into separate components without incurring disproportionate cost. Figures for 2001-02 to 2004-05 are not available as during this period fuel bills were included within a general service charge.

North West Development Agency

£000

Electricity

Gas

Other fuel

2007-08

53

49

0

2006-07

112

47

0

2005-06

68

40

0

2004-05

70

20

0

2003-04

49

39

0

2002-03

46

1

0

2001-02

35

4

0

2000-01

9

1999-2000

1998-99

Total

442

200

0

One North East

Total fuel cost (£000)

2007-08

160

2006-07

169

2005-06

165

2004-05

106

2003-04

98

2002-03

44

2001-02

46

2000-01

45

1999-2000

57

1998-99

Total

890

One North East does not record fuel expenditure in the manner requested. As a result, it would be unable to break down its energy spend into separate components without incurring disproportionate cost.

South East England Development Agency

£000

Electricity

Gas

Other fuel

2007-08

105

29

0

2006-07

87

12

0

2005-06

79

11

0

2004-05

48

5

0

2003-04

45

7

0

2002-03

44

7

0

2001-02

39

6

0

2000-01

35

6

0

1999-2000

32

5

0

1998-99

Total

514

88

0

South West England Regional Development Agency

Total fuel cost (£000)

2007-08

106

2006-07

93

2005-06

87

2004-05

29

2003-04

14

2002-03

16

2001-02

2000-01

1999-2000

1998-99

Total

345

SWRDA does not record fuel expenditure in the manner requested. As a result, it would be unable to break down its energy spend into separate components without incurring disproportionate cost.

Yorkshire Forward

Electricity

Gas

Other fuel

2007-08

70

14

0

2006-07

71

7

0

2005-06

60

10

0

2004-05

63

9

0

2003-04

48

9

0

2002-03

56

9

0

2001-02

51

9

0

2000-01

Total

419

67

0

Letter from Gareth Jones, dated 13 April 2009:

I am replying on behalf of Companies House to your Parliamentary Question tabled on 25 March 2009, UIN 267342, to the Minister of State for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.

Since the inception of BERR in 2007, Companies House has used the following amounts of fuel:

kWh

Financial year

Electricity

Gas

2007-08

5,315,618

1,708,260

Letter from Stephen Speed, dated 13 April 2009:

The Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform has asked me to reply to you directly on behalf of The Insolvency Service how much (a) electricity, (b) gas and (c) other fuel was used by (i) his Department and (ii) each of its agencies since the inception of his Department; and how much was used by each of the regional development agencies in each of the last 10 years.

The Insolvency Service has consumed the following energy to date since the formation of BERR in June 2007:

kWh

Electricity

2,109,082

Gas

934,211

Other Fuel

0