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Departmental Air Conditioning

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much electricity was consumed by his Department's air conditioning system in the last 12 months. (289882)

The Department meters and monitors total electricity consumption, but the electrical consumption of the Air Conditioning cannot be monitored separately because it uses many different elements of the building's Mechanical and Electrical infrastructure and so no separate records are kept.

However, the Department is exploring the use of an auto monitoring of the electrical consumption for the individual floors (both essential and none essential supplies), which will include individual items of plant such as Chillers, pumps, lifts etc. This new system may be operational within a month.