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Departmental Energy

Volume 494: debated on Monday 22 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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. (280511)

The following is the weather-corrected total amount of gas and electricity used on the Department for International Development UK estate from 2004 to 2009, as reported to the Sustainable Development Commission. We have no Executive agencies.

kWh

Electricity

Gas

2004-05

6,491,979

4,857,635

2005-06

7,099,472

4,750,842

2006-07

7,035,022

5,121,072

2007-08

6,642,910

4,936,358

2008-09

6,093,814

4,067,082

Total

33,363,197

23,722,989

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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. (280543)

Precise figures are not available for energy efficiency measures and could not be obtained without incurring disproportionate cost. We would estimate that our expenditure in the last two years, and this year to date, were as follows:

£

2007

3,000

2008

167,000

2009 (to date)

60,000

Pre assessments of expenditure gains (payback periods) and energy savings are estimated before the energy saving initiative has been approved and implemented. Such energy saving initiatives contribute to the Department for International Developments (DFID’s) progress towards meeting the Sustainable Development in Government (SDiG) targets. In 2008-09 we achieved a 12 per cent. reduction in our energy used and savings of £72,000 in energy costs compared with 2007-08.

DFID is continuing to look for ways to achieve further energy savings and are currently evaluating the possibility of a Tri-Generation system, the installation of variable speed devices for Air Conditioning and installing a Biomass boiler and Wind Turbine at our office in East Kilbride.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which official is responsible for the energy efficiency of his Department’s estate. (280560)

The head of office services department manages the Department for International Development’s environment management team and leads on the energy efficiency agenda.