§ Mr. Rost
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if the Energy Efficiency Office has estimated the annual savings on fuel bills that could be achieved in the public sector from investment in improved energy management 29W and usage, which can be expected to have a pay back period of less than five years; and if he will apportion the prospective savings for each of the major sectors and Departments of State.
§ Mr. Peter Morrison
The Energy Efficiency Office estimates that the annual bill for energy consumed in public sector buildings is about £2 billion. Available evidence indicates that the scope for saving through improved energy efficiency could amount to £400 to £500 million a year. It is also estimated that roughly half the savings opportunities in all sectors can be realised through cost-effective investment and half through successful good housekeeping practices.
I regret it is not possible for the Energy Efficiency Office to provide a comprehensive and consistent breakdown of prospective savings in individual public sector bodies.