HC Deb 22 July 2004 vol 424 c590W
David Davis

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on energy efficiency in his Department's buildings. [185286]

Fiona Mactaggart

The Home Office continues to improve the energy efficiency of its buildings. It is addressing the Government's target of increasing the energy efficiency on its estate in terms of kWh used per square metre of building floor area by 15 per cent. by 2010–11, relative to 1999–2000.

The Department actively improves the energy efficiency of its estate. A switch off campaign is currently in progress across the Central London and Croydon estates, which encourages staff to switch off lights and computer equipment when not in use. There is a contractual requirement to achieve energy consumption at least 10 per cent. below the targets in the Government's energy efficient best practice programme energy consumption guide at the Department's new headquarters building at 2 Marsham street. In September 2003, The Prison Service was re-accredited under the National Energy Foundation's scheme for energy efficiency.