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Departmental ICT

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the (a) energy consumed by, (b) energy cost of and (c) carbon dioxide emissions from each category of IT device in each division of his Department in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (269548)

The information requested is not available in the format requested. The Department does not own its IT equipment, it is provided under contractual arrangements with the Department’s IT suppliers. Under existing contractual arrangements there is no formal requirement to measure the carbon impact of the services provided to the Department.

An estimate of the power consumption associated with the use of personal computers in the Department is set out in the table.

Business unit

Jobcentre Plus

Pensions, Disability and Carers Service

Corporate

Number of PCs deployed

80,656

16,728

8,266

Estimated annual energy consumption (KwH)

15,576,545

3,230,565

1,596,356

CO2 equivalent (Kg)1

8,364,916

1,734,878

857,275

Approximate cost based upon April 2009 costs (£)

2,056,104

426,435

210,719

1 Conversion factor as per:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/business/reporting/pdf/ghg-cf-guidelines-annexes2008.pdf

In the summer of 2008 the Department announced its strategy to re-compete its existing contracts over a five year period. As part of this future contracting strategy it will be a contractual requirement for the Department’s new providers to provide on going measurement of the environmental impact of the IT services they deliver to the Department.