To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the capacity of his Department's buildings for the micro-generation of renewable energy; and if he will make a statement.
8 December 2014
The Department for Communities and Local Government has assessed the feasibility of introducing renewable energy generation across it estate as part of a series of more detailed carbon reduction audits.
Although some opportunities for installing micro-generation technologies have been identified, a range of even more cost-effective carbon reduction opportunities were also identified.
My Department has therefore chosen to follow the energy hierarchy, by implementing the most cost-effective options for reducing energy, primarily low and no cost energy efficiency and energy conservation measures, ahead of installing renewable technologies.
By adopting this strategy, the Department has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 54% since 2009-10, and reduced its annual energy bill by £925,000 since 2009-10. The Department continues to consider all available options for introducing even greater efficiencies.