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Government Departments: Energy

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many Government Departments have (a) applied for and (b) been awarded a grant to fund carbon saving initiatives. (311214)

Grant funding provided by the Department of Energy and Climate Change for carbon saving initiatives in Government Departments in 2009-10 is as follows.

Funding is provided through the Low Carbon Technology Programme for central Government Departments, and their agencies that report on carbon emissions as part of the Sustainable Operations on the Government Estate framework. Grants have been made to fund technologies that reduce carbon emissions from buildings and transport. 12 Departments applied for funding in 2009-10 and 12 have been allocated funding.

Through the Salix Finance scheme, Government Departments are able to apply for a repayable grant for energy efficiency technologies. The financial savings from the energy efficiency measures are paid back to HM Treasury, up to the level of the grant. In 2009-10, six Departments submitted applications to Salix. All of these applications were accepted, although one Department has since withdrawn its application.