HC Deb 28 April 2003 vol 404 cc194-5W
Mr. Yeo

To ask The Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make a statement, in relation to the Lord Chancellor's Department and each agency and non-departmental public body for which the Department is responsible, on(a) the amount of energy consumed, (b) spending on (i) energy and (ii) energy efficiency measures, (c) the amount saved through energy efficiency measures and (d) energy policy in each of the last five years. [108867]

Ms Rosie Winterton

The amount of energy consumed, and spending on energy and energy efficiency measures as well as the amount saved through energy efficiency measures are summarised in the following table.

These new targets are planned to be in place later this year. New targets for Government Departments' use of CHP generated electricity will also be established during 2003.

In addition, the review of Government procurement has identified areas where procurement could reinforce the achievement of these targets, and arrangements are being made centrally for Departments to purchase goods with high energy efficiency standards and which provide good value for money.

On the purchase of renewable electricity, Ministers agreed the following target in May 2001: All departments will ensure that by 31 March 2003, at least 5% of their electricity comes from renewable sources that are exempt from the Climate Change Levy or from self generation, provided this does not entail excessive cost. This will rise to at least 10% supply from such sources by 31 March 2008, but will be reviewed after 31 March 2003 to take account of market conditions following the introduction of the renewables obligation. The review of 2003 will include consideration of increasing or bringing forward the target".