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Departmental Energy

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the estimated (a) amount and (b) cost was of energy used in his Department in each year since 1997; what proportion of the energy used was generated from renewable sources in each of those years; and if he will make a statement. (317225)

The amount and cost of energy use of the Department for International Development's UK estate, for the last five years, (without any allowance for organisational changes or weather correction) are provided in the table.

Amount (KWH)

Cost (£)

Percentage from renewable sources

2004-05

Electricity

6,448,093

320,811

95

Gas

4,734,311

67,911

n/a

2005-06

Electricity

7,055,585

454,478

95

Gas

4,851,902

109,635

n/a

2006-07

Electricity

6,991,134

620,304

100

Gas

4,309,038

131,460

n/a

2007-08

Electricity

6,642,910

573,520

100

Gas

4,383,404

103,294

n/a

2008-09

Electricity

6,089,299

644,079

100

Gas

4,030,927

121,423

n/a

Information on environmental performance is supplied to the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) and the Sustainable Development Commission (SDC), in accordance with the Government targets set for Sustainable Operations on the Government Estate (SOGE). Detailed information is available on the respective OGC and SDC websites. As a result of various measures taken by the Department for International Development (DFID), the carbon emissions after allowing for weather correction have reduced by 15 per cent. over the last two years. All energy is purchased via central Government framework contracts arranged by the Office of Government Commerce, and the variation in expenditure is partly attributable to the changes in unit costs under these contracts.