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Departmental Energy

Volume 494: debated on Friday 19 June 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) 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; (280528)

(2) 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;

(3) which official is responsible for the energy efficiency of his Department’s estate.

HM Treasury is committed to improving the energy efficiency of its departmental estate and reducing its energy use year on year.

The permanent secretary to the Treasury, as principal accounting officer, has overall responsibility for the efficient use of resources to deliver the Department’s objectives.

Detailed information on the Treasury Group’s energy consumption since 2005-06 by building were published in HM Treasury’s departmental report for 2007-08 (Cm 7408). Updates on progress will be provided annually. Figures for 2004-05 could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Measures taken over the last year which have led to increased energy efficiency include improvements to heating, air conditioning and lighting system controls and replacement of local radiator controls in the Treasury building with more efficient ones. In March 2009, the Treasury successfully achieved certification under the Carbon Trust Standard.