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Departmental Energy

Volume 494: debated on Friday 19 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much (a) electricity and (b) gas was used (i) on his Department’s estate and (ii) by his Department’s agencies in each year from 2004-05 to 2008-09. (280525)

The Executive Agency, FCO Services (FCOS) shares buildings with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in the UK and therefore it is not possible to separate their gas and electricity usage. Figures for our other Executive Agency, Wilton Park, are given separately when known.

Kilowatt hours

FCO/FCOS

Wilton Park

Electricity

Gas

Electricity

Gas

2004-05

19,457,515

3,878,744

411,676

406,431

2005-06

20,856,930

4,732,676

439,213

423,272

2006-07

22,578,615

1,341,891

451,972

402,785

2007-08

22,578,615

1,153,023

22,677,887

419,166

2008-09

29,167,150

1,227,509

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1 The figure for Wilton Park will not be known until the end of July 2009.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was spent on energy efficiency measures for his Department's estate in each year from 2004 to 2009; what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of that expenditure; and what plans he has for future energy efficiency measures. (280536)

It is not possible to categorise goods and services purchased for energy efficiency reasons without incurring disproportionate costs. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has undertaken some measures for energy efficient reasons, such as upgrading lighting systems and lowering the office heating temperature.

Other measures have sustainable benefits but were implemented in response to a range of drivers including health and safety and estate rationalisation, for example the installation of more efficient hand dryers and the demolition of energy inefficient modular cabins. Energy efficiency is monitored though the Environmental Management Plan which sets out the actions required to meet the Sustainable Operations in the Government Estate targets. Future energy efficiency measures include installing more water efficient fittings, introducing ground source heat pumps, and putting in smart metering. Sustainability is one of the considerations in the business case for developments on the FCO estate.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the energy consumed per full-time equivalent member of staff in his Department in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08. (280932)

For 2006-07 total energy consumption for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's UK estate was 33,981,361 kilowatt hours (kWh), equating to 8,879 kWh per full-time equivalent member of staff (FTE). In 2007-08 total consumption was 29,654,679 kWh equating to 7,767 kWh/FTE.