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Departmental Energy

Volume 494: debated on Friday 19 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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. (280510)

The Department and its executive agencies NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (PASA) and Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have used the following amounts:

Usage (KWh)

Department

NHS PASA

MHRA

Electricity

2004-05

14,220,000

580,332

n/a

2005-06

13,454,000

640,780

n/a

2006-07

12,340,000

670,197

n/a

2007-08

12,065,000

718,863

1,672,164

2008-09

12,105,000

724,524

1,697,914

Gas

2004-05

5,604,000

442,246

n/a

2005-06

4,636,000

500,183

n/a

2006-07

3,835,000

426,828

n/a

2007-08

4,176,000

521,146

n/a

2008-09

4,575,000

450,524

n/a

The MHRA are unable to provide electricity information for 2004-07 as the information as the data are 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 are not available to us. Reductions in 2005-06 and 2006-07 are due to the closure of two London buildingsā€”Eileen House and Hannibal House.

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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. (280544)

The Department is unable to identify how much has been spent specifically on energy efficiency measures as these have been an integral part of our ongoing building maintenance work.

This Department supports and aims to meet the Government's targets to reduce carbon emissions and improve the energy efficiency of the Government estate. While we have increased the efficiency (measured as consumption per m2) of our gas usage, our energy consumption has increased over the period, due largely to our policy of closing buildings and concentrating more staff in our remaining estate.

The changes in energy efficiency of our buildings (measured in kWh per m2) since 1999-2000, which is the earliest year for which figures are available, are:

Percentage change (+/-)

2007-08

2006-07

Gas/fuel oil

-15

-16

Electricity

+24

+29

Total

+9

+12

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. This includes upgrading our building management systems and improving the automatic lighting systems in our core London estate and the replacement of boiler plant in two of these buildings.