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Energy: Labelling

Volume 714: debated on Wednesday 4 November 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government with reference to pages 73 to 75 and table 11.4 of the European Commission's impact assessment of the proposal for a directive on the indication by labelling and standard produce information of the consumption of energy and other resources by energy-related products (COM(2008) 778 final), whether the information on water heaters and street lighting is available in a form that allows United Kingdom government departments and local authorities to identify the manufacturers and the model numbers of the products used in the comparisons; and, if so, where it may be accessed. [HL5950]

Defra does not hold information on water heaters and street lighting in a form which identifies the manufacturers and the model numbers of the products. However, the Defra “Buy Sustainable—Quick Wins” specifications include sustainable and environmental criteria across a wide range of commonly purchased products, including heaters and lighting. The minimum specifications are mandatory for all public authority procurement, through the energy labelling scheme. The Centre of Expertise in Sustainable Procurement is responsible for assuring and monitoring compliance by government departments.