HC Deb 18 December 2001 vol 377 cc277-8W
Mr. Sayeed

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent research has been commissioned by the Government into the effects of not leaving electrical appliances on standby in terms of energy saved. [22597]

Mr. Meacher

The Government's Market Transformation Programme, jointly sponsored by the Department and the DTI, has been working over the last three years to reach consensus on the potential to reduce the energy consumption of a range of products and appliances. The programme addresses 27 key product types so far, representing about 75 per cent. of UK electricity consumption. From that on-going research and consultative process, the current indications are that the energy used by domestic electrical appliances left in standby mode accounts for about 7 TWh, which is equivalent to about 6 per cent. of total electricity consumption in the domestic sector.