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Departmental Energy

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated (a) amount and (b) cost was of energy used in his Department and its agencies 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. (317229)

The amount and cost of energy used by the Department and its agencies and as reported as part of the Sustainable Development in Government annual exercise for the last five years is as follows:

Core Department of Health

Consumption Kilowatt hour (kWh)

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Fossil Fuel

6,228,420

4,836,970

4,846,690

5,437,549

5,348,821

Electricity

13,268,795

12,972,000

12,340,000

12,317,512

12,297620

Total

19,497,215

17,808,971

17,186,690

17,755,061

17,646,440

% renewable

68

72

71

67

68

Cost (£)

848,572

£1,038,918

£1,095,438

£1,006,072

£1,686,629

NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency

Consumption KWh

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Fossil Fuel

455,509

513,790

547,914

589,362

418,320

Electricity

572,893

640,780

669,822

718863

720,143

Total

1,028,402

1,154,570

1,217,736

1,308,225

1,138,463

% renewable

47

55

54

54

63

Cost (£)

46,342

60,432

66,556

60,887

94,213

Note:

All data is weather corrected, and has been processed by the Building Research Establishment and signed off as part of the Sustainable Development in Government exercise.

Central Government Departments and their Executive agencies are required to report performance data on the amount of energy sourced from renewable sources annually as part of the Sustainable Development in Government (SDiG) reporting process. The Government had a target to source at least 10 per cent of electricity from renewables by 31 March 2008, which it has already achieved. The latest assessment of Government's performance against this target was published by the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) on the 18 December 2009, and is available on the OGC website

www.ogc.gov.uk/sustainability_programme_progress.asp

Information on reporting years prior to 2008-09 was collated and published by the Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) can be found on the SDC website

www.sd-commission.org.uk

The information in this answer covers the Department's central administrative estate of Richmond House, Wellington House and Skipton House. The Department is a minor occupier in New Kings Beam House (HM Revenue and Customs) and Quarry House in Leeds (Department of Work and Pensions) and the data for these sites is not available to us. Reductions in 2005-06 and 2006-07 are due to the closure of one London building, Eileen House. From 2007-08, we included figures from our site in Nelson, Lancashire.

The data supplied for NHS PASA relates to energy used at their Reading, Chester and Sheffield sites. The Sheffield site was closed during 2007-08.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency are unable to provide electricity data for 2004-07 or gas data for 2004-09 as the information is not available from their landlord. This information has not been used for the energy efficiency part of the Sustainable Development in Government exercise, as the gas figures are unknown.

Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority

Consumption KWh

2007-08

2008-09

Fossil Fuel

1

1

Electricity

1,672,16 4

1,697,914

Total

1,672,16 4

1.697,914

% renewable

0

0

Cost (£)

163,000

146,000

1 Not known

2 Budget figure