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Departmental Energy

Volume 494: debated on Monday 22 June 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport 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. (280522)

The Department for Transport gas and electricity consumption figures are as follows:

kWh

Area

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Electricity

Central Department

8,073,203

9,189,266

8,039,848

7,522,567

Driving Standards Agency

3,397,953

3,967,843

4,337,092

3,555,589

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

14,698,167

14,106,404

15,658,681

16,460,063

Government Car and Despatch Agency

757,036

831,151

821,805

Highways Agency

4,092,816

3,615,533

3,602,937

4,393,721

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

5,708,513

6,901,183

6,831,677

5,813,369

Vehicle Certification Agency

65,069

153,608

136,804

200,423

Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

7,194,512

6,640,513

6,914,649

6,992,162

Total

43,230,233

45,331,386

46,352,839

45,759,699

Gas

Area

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Central Department

1,183,339

1,743,451

893,005

970,130

Driving Standards Agency

2,836,153

7,135,920

3,942,059

3,095,886

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

14,665,348

28,442,576

26,254,520

31,470,328

Government Car and Despatch Agency

733,428

638,352

1,909,513

Highways Agency

2,418,204

2,170,079

1,769,332

2,049,947

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

3,283,979

4,308,427

3,508,140

2,796,924

Vehicle Certification Agency

119,626

130,536

109,035

90,245

Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

6,850,996

5,427,891

5,652,612

6,882,232

Total

31,357,645

50,092,308

42,767,055

49,265,205

There are no figures reported for the Government Car and Despatch Agency for 2004-05 as they did not become part of the Department for Transport until 2005-06.

The figures for 2008-09 are not yet available as they are currently being collated for the latest Sustainable Development in Government report.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport 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. (280545)

It is not possible to provide spend data on energy efficiency measures undertaken by the Department for Transport as the majority of these works were part of larger building projects and were not costed separately. The following is a list of some of the energy efficiency measures that have been carried out at various sites across the Department for Transport estate:

Carbon Management Energy Efficiency Report;

Installation of Savawatt controllers;

Improved lighting control systems;

Installation of double glazing;

Reducing the operating temperatures of heating and cooling systems;

“Switch off” campaigns;

Installation of thermal blinds;

Smart metering and sub-metering programmes;

Upgrades to Building management Systems to reduce energy consumption;

Replacement of boilers with improved energy efficiency ratings;

Improvements to air handling units to improve efficiency;

Automatic PC shutdown at designated time.

The Department reports its energy figures annually as part of the Sustainable Development in Government report and monitors its sustainability data quarterly. As part of the Carbon Management Energy Efficiency report mentioned above the Department reports periodically to the Carbon Trust the savings, in terms of emissions and cost that have been achieved as a result of the measures implemented from the report.

Energy efficiency measures for the future include:

Benchmarking of some sites to determine where efficiencies are required and to allow assessment of the effectiveness of energy efficiency installations;

Further installation of Smart meters and sub-metering;

Installation of new more energy efficient lifts;

Implementation of a “thin client” IT solution;

Participation in the Carbon reduction Commitment;

Achievement of the Carbon Trust Standard;

Adoption of BREEAM Excellent or Very Good ratings for all new build and major refurbishments;

Working towards achievement of an accredited EMS in all departmental organisations;

Full utilisation of a second CHP plant at our Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency site at Morrison.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport which official is responsible for the energy efficiency of his Department's estate. (280557)

The Department for Transport has, in addition to the central Department, seven executive agencies that report performance under the Sustainable Operation on the Government Estate targets. Those agencies account for in excess of 85 per cent. of the entire departmental estate. The chief executive of each agency is therefore responsible for the energy efficiency of their estate, while Richard Hatfield, Director General of International Networks and Environment, is the Board level champion whose role includes the promotion of sustainability across the entire Department for Transport family.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport 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. (280964)

The Department for Transport reports its energy consumption figures through the annual Sustainable Development in Government (SDiG) report. The figures for 2006-07 and 2007-08 are as follows:

Energy usage

kWh

Total

Per FTE1

2006-07

100,104,264

5,098

2007-08

99,082,036

5,297

1 FTE stands for ‘full time equivalent’ (member of staff).