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Departmental Energy

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 25 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department plans to take to participate in the Earth Hour event on 27 March 2010. (319095)

On 27 March 2010 the Home Office will again support Earth Hour. Non-operational lights will be turned off at our major locations. Last year my Department ran a ‘switch it off’ campaign to coincide with the Earth Hour to encourage staff to switch off lights, computers and printers at work and to participate at home as well. Across several of our major locations the lights were turned off and as a result 2,491 kilogrammes of carbon dioxide was saved compared to a preceding period. We plan to take part in the event in the same way this year.