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Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans she has to change the targets for the purchase of renewable energy by UK companies. 
Mr. Timms: The Government have set a target that, by 2010, 10 per cent. of sales from licensed electricity suppliers should come from renewable sourced electricity. There are no plans to change this target.
The Renewables Obligation, enforced under the Renewables Obligation Order 2002 in England and Wales, and the Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Order 2002, is the main mechanism which the Government have introduced to help achieve the growth necessary to reach this target. The Obligation will remain in place until 2027, and licensed electricity suppliers are required to supply a specified and growing proportion of their sales from renewable sourced electricity each year. The level of the Obligation was 3 per cent. in its first year of operation, and now stands at 4.3 per cent. and is set to rise to 10.4 per cent. in the 201011 period.
The Government have recently announced their intention to bring forward proposals to raise the levels of the Obligation for the years beyond 201011, by further annual increases, reaching 15.4 per cent. in the 201516 period. This is a further sign of our commitment to developing the renewables industry.
Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of companies have met their targets for the purchase of renewable energy in the last 12 months. 
Mr. Timms: Under the terms of the Renewables Obligation Order (2002), and the Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Order 2002, licensed electricity suppliers in Great Britain are required to supply specific
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proportions of their electricity sales from renewable sourced electricitywith the aim of reaching the target of 10.4 per cent. in the period 201011.
For the year to April 2003, the level of the Obligation was set at 3 per cent. (The current level is 4.3 per cent.). Suppliers demonstrate their compliance with the Obligation through presenting Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs) to Ofgem. If they do not present ROCs in this way, they must buy out all or part of their obligation target. Payments made to this buyout fund are then subsequently recycled to those suppliers who have demonstrated their compliance through the ROC mechanism.
The proportions of suppliers meeting their obligations through (1) complete fulfilment and (2) partial fulfilment are shown in the tables.
|Suppliers reaching 3 per cent. target||12||31|
|Suppliers partially meeting 3 per cent. target||11||29|
|Suppliers failing to meet any of 3 per cent. target||14||40|
|Suppliers reaching 3 per cent. target||15||54|
|Suppliers partially meeting 3 per cent. target||4||14|
|Suppliers failing to meet any of 3 per cent. target||9||32|
Taking all licensed electricity suppliers in Great Britain together, the proportion of the Renewables Obligation met by the actual supply of renewables in 200203 was 58.9 per cent.
Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate she has made of the cost to UK companies of meeting current targets for the purchase of renewable energy. 
Mr. Timms: The costs of the Renewables Obligation, the Government's main policy instrument for the achievement of our 10 per cent. renewable energy target for 2010, are expected to be passed on by electricity supply companies to electricity consumers across the industrial, commercial and domestic sectors. The Government estimates that, by 201011, the impact of the Renewables Obligation on electricity prices will be the equivalent of an average increase of 4.9 per cent. in real terms over actual 1999 prices.
Mr. Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures she is taking to push standardisation as part of an export and growth drive. 
Ms Hewitt: The National Standardisation Strategic Framework (NSSF) sets out to promote standardisation to the benefit of business, government and society. Within this Framework, the British Standards Institution (BSI) is aligning its activity in international standards making (ISO standards) to changing British business interests. An objective stated
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in the NSSF is to "Optimise the use of standardisation as an international gateway to achieve more open markets, reduce technical barriers to trade, UK trading advantage, technology transfer and international development objectives". We are currently determining how best to pursue this objective. It may be that promotion of UK or European standards will form part of the Government's support for certain sectors of UK business in key export markets.
Mr. Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry by what means the policy for purchasing timber and timber products of (a) the Department, (b) Companies House, (c) the Employment Tribunals Service, (d) the Insolvency Service, (e) the National Weights and Measures Laboratory, (f) the Patent Office, (g) the Radiocommunications Agency and (h) the Small Business Service ensures that they are obtained from legal and sustainable sources. 
Ms Hewitt: The Department's London headquarters estate (including SBS) operates an environmental management system certified to ISO14001. This environmental management system (EMS) sets out the policy and procedure to be followed in the procurement of timber products. The EMS requires timber to be FSC or equivalent certification. All other buildings within the DTI HQ estate but outside of London are subject to the same procurement criteria.
Letter from David Smith to Mr. Barry Gardiner, dated 9 December 2003:
Letter from Alison Brimelow to Mr. Barry Gardiner, dated 9 December 2003:
Letter from Dr. J. W. Llewellyn to Mr. Barry Gardiner, dated 9 December 2003:
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Letter from Desmond Flynn to Mr. Barry Gardiner, dated 9 December 2003:
Letter from Roger Heathcote to Mr. Barry Gardiner, dated 9 December 2003:
Letter from Claire Clancy to Mr. Barry Gardiner, dated 9 December 2003:
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