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Departmental Energy

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Solicitor-General what the estimated (a) amount and (b) cost was of energy used in the Law Officers' Departments in each year since 1997; what proportion of the energy used was generated from renewable sources in each of those years; and if she will make a statement. (317239)

The Law Officers' Departments have been reporting energy consumption and cost data since 2000-01 as part of the Sustainable Operations on the Government Estate (SOGE) reporting process. The Law Officer's Departments are well above the existing Government targets in using renewable energy. Data prior to 2000-01 are not available and to obtain this information in order to inform a meaningful estimate would incur disproportionate cost.

The data reported relate solely to the Law Officers' Departments controlled estate and exclude properties where energy costs are included as part of a general service charge levied by landlords or the major Government occupier of the property. Data to identify energy costs and inform a meaningful estimate of energy usage in these properties are not available and to obtain them would incur disproportionate cost.

The data reported by the Law Officers' Departments for the years since 2000-01 are detailed in the following table. Cost figures for 2007-08 and 2008-09 are not available and are estimated based on 2006-07 cost.

Cost (£ million)

kW/Hrs (million)

Percentage renewable

1997-98

n/a

n/a

n/a

1998-99

n/a

n/a

n/a

1999-2000

n/a

n/a

n/a

2000-01

1.18

30.1

n/a

2001-02

1.00

24.4

n/a

2002-03

1.01

26.4

24

2003-04

1.06

32.2

33

2004-05

1.35

34.2

30

2005-06

1.61

31.3

44

2006-07

1.89

31.0

46

2007-08

1.76

28.9

42

2008-09

1.99

32.6

35