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Departmental Air Conditioning

Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much electricity was consumed by his Department's air conditioning system in the last 12 months. [289882]

Joan Ruddock: The Department meters and monitors total electricity consumption, but the electrical consumption of the Air Conditioning cannot be monitored separately because it uses many different elements of the building's Mechanical and Electrical infrastructure and so no separate records are kept.

However, the Department is exploring the use of an auto monitoring of the electrical consumption for the individual floors (both essential and none essential supplies), which will include individual items of plant such as Chillers, pumps, lifts etc. This new system may be operational within a month.


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Departmental Buildings

Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 26 March 2009, Official Report, column 704W, on departmental reorganisation, when he expects the second phase of his Department's staff moves into 3 Whitehall Place to (a) begin and (b) be completed. [290128]

Joan Ruddock: The Department's second phase of staff moves is expected to begin in November 2009 and be completed in December 2009.

Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 26 March 2009, Official Report, column 704W, on departmental reorganisation, how many of his Department's London-based staff were based in premises other than 3 Whitehall Place on completion of the first phase of moves of his Department's staff. [290129]

Joan Ruddock: The number of London-based staff based in premises other than 3 Whitehall Place on completion of the first phase of moves was approximately 25.

Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 26 March 2009, Official Report, column 704W, on departmental reorganisation, how many staff moved into 3 Whitehall Place as part of his Department's first phase of staff moves. [290130]

Joan Ruddock: The Department moved approximately 973 staff into 3 Whitehall Place as part of the first phase of staff moves.

Departmental Buildings: Energy

Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) display energy certificate and (b) advisory report for public buildings issued in respect of each property occupied by (i) the Energy Saving Trust and (ii) the Carbon Trust. [289841]

Joan Ruddock: Neither the Carbon Trust (CT) nor the Energy Savings Trust (EST) are required to have display energy certificates or associated advisory reports for public buildings. However, as would be expected, both CT and EST have taken steps to identify the energy performance of their buildings.

Departmental Conditions of Employment

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what percentage of employees in his Department (a) are on a flexible working contract, (b) are on a job share employment contract and (c) work from home for more than four hours a week. [287088]

Joan Ruddock: Information on the numbers of civil servants from this department that are (a) on a flexible working contract, (b) are on a job share employment contract and (c) work from home for more than four
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hours a week are not held centrally and details could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

The Department supports a range of flexible working methods including, job sharing and working from home.

Departmental Conferences

Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what conferences his Department is planning to hold in each of the next 12 months. [289893]

Joan Ruddock: The conferences we are currently planning to hold in each of the next 12 months are listed in the following table. Officials in my Department attend and speak at many conferences organised by others and we do hold a wide range of other events to engage with the public and specific stakeholders in order to inform and further the work of the Department.

Conference

2009

October

Low Carbon Buildings Programme Extension Launch Event

12 October

DECC 1st Anniversary Stakeholder Reception

12 to 14 October

Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum

28 to 29

EU-China Near Zero Emissions Coal (NZEC) initiative phase I final conference 28 to 29 October, Beijing. Co-hosted by DECC, the European Commission and China Ministry of Science and Technology

October to November

Eight to 10 Low Carbon Buildings Programme Extension regional Roadshows

End of October

Launch event for a European Investment Bank intermediate lending scheme for renewables

Early November

DECC stakeholder discussion series

2010

March

Industry seminar on security of supply issues following publication of this year's Energy Markets Outlook


Departmental Contracts

Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 20 April 2009, Official Report, column 306W, on departmental public relations, what the value of his Department's contract with Kreab Gavin Anderson (a) was in 2008-09 and (b) is in 2009-10. [289535]

Joan Ruddock: The Kreab Gavin Anderson contract is for up to £320,000 for the period 9 May 2008 to 31 March 2010 inclusive. The contract is to provide expert advice on the impact of proposed policy changes on renewable finance and investment prospects, as well as a range of briefing, seminars, meetings and wider awareness raising with investors and trade media, on developments in renewable energy policy.

Departmental Correspondence

Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether representatives of his Department have had correspondence with (a) Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd, (b) Eastern Petroleum Corporation Ltd, (c) African Minerals Ltd, (d) Landis+Gyr and (e) Energy Enterprises Ltd since the creation of his Department. [289933]


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Mr. Kidney: Since the creation of DECC there has been no correspondence between representatives of my Department and Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd, Eastern Petroleum Corporation Ltd; African Minerals Ltd or Energy Enterprises Ltd.

Landis and Gyr have submitted written material on smart metering to the Department.

Departmental Cost Effectiveness

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which Minister in his Department has been assigned responsibility for overseeing the delivery of value for money in his Department; whether his Department has established a public sector reform team to implement service reforms; and if he will make a statement. [289742]

Joan Ruddock: My noble Friend the Minister of State is the Department's Value for Money Minister. The Department is committed to reforming public services to improve services for the citizen and we work closely with colleagues in the centre of Government on this important agenda. We do not have a public sector reform team but our Board support team reports on value for money as part of their responsibility.

Departmental Energy Efficiency

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps are being taken to promote energy efficiency in his Department. [289523]

Joan Ruddock: The Department of Energy and Climate Change has been working with Carbon Trust to develop and deliver a wide-reaching energy reduction and carbon management programme focusing on our London HQ. A number of significant changes have already been made, with visible reductions in energy consumption. Many of the changes relate to the Building Management System, to optimise the operation of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) plant, by adjusting time schedules and rationalising temperature set points. We are also upgrading lighting to energy efficient systems, replacing tungsten halogen bulbs with LEDs, and installing and enabling daylight and occupancy sensing. We have installed eCubes to fridges, with potential for 15-20 per cent. energy savings.

In its Low Carbon Transition Plan, published on 15 July, DECC committed to a 10 per cent. reduction in its carbon emissions in this financial year, with more to come in 2010 and beyond.

In 2008, DEFRA installed a powerPerfector in 3 Whitehall Place, reducing energy consumption by 8.66 per cent. from the installation date to May 2009.

DECC is also promoting energy efficiency amongst its staff, senior managers and Ministers through a number of behaviour change activities, including encouraging use of the stairs, turning off electrical equipment when not in use, and reducing use of printers and photocopiers.

Departmental Finance

Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the level of underspend in his Department for each of its budget headings is in 2009-10. [289753]


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Joan Ruddock: At this early stage in the financial year expenditure has been broadly in line with budgets for the first three months. We are keeping expenditure closely under review and are concerned to avoid both underspends and overspends as far as is possible. We will continue to monitor closely and are currently forecasting to remain within budget for the year 2009-10.

Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects the budget for (a) the Carbon Trust and (b) the Energy Saving Trust for 2009-10 to be finalised. [289891]

Joan Ruddock: The Carbon Trust's and Energy Saving Trust's budgets for 2009-10 have been finalised and agreed.

The Energy Saving Trust will receive £38.5 million in grant funding from DECC to deliver its objective to encourage and promote the sustainable and efficient use of energy in households and £1 million capital funding for technological field trials.

In 2009-10, the Carbon Trust's funding from DECC will be up to £84.53 million. In addition, the Carbon Trust will receive funding in 2009-10 specifically to deliver low interest loans to SMEs, and to public sector bodies through Salix Finance, as announced in Budget 2009. Total funding for these schemes in 2009-10 is up to £121.6 million. The Carbon Trust may also receive further funding for specific activities from the low carbon investment funding announced in Budget 2009.

Departmental ICT

Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what IT projects are being undertaken by (a) the Coal Authority, (b) the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, (c) the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, (d) the Advisory Committee on Carbon Abatement Technologies, (e) the Fuel Poverty Advisory Group, (f) the Renewables Advisory Board, (g) the UK Chemical Weapons Convention National Authority Advisory Committee, (h) the Committee on Climate Change, (i) the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management and (j) the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets; what the most recent estimate of the cost of each project is; and what the projected completion date of each is. [289872]

Mr. Kidney: No IT projects are currently being undertaken by the Advisory Committee on Carbon Abatement Technologies, the Fuel Poverty Advisory Group, the Renewables Advisory Board, the UK Chemical Weapons Convention National Authority Advisory Committee and the Committee on Climate Change.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is responsible for 19 sites formally owned by the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority and British Nuclear Fuels Ltd. The NDA currently spends approximately £58 million a year on IT across its estate, through a mixture of in house and contracted services. The NDA has recently initiated a collaborative project across its estate to tender the provision of IT services across the NDA estate. New contractual arrangements are expected to be in place by 31 March 2011.


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The Committee on Radioactive Waste Management is currently developing and maintaining a website. Development should be completed by January 2010. Its budget can be viewed at:

The Coal Authority has commenced work on one major IT project named "Inferis" with a value of £6.5 million. The project is due to be completed by May 2011.

Ofgem is currently undertaking the following IT projects:

Project title Completion date Estimated cost (£)

Markets Electricity Database

1 March 2010

155,695

Networks Database

1 April 2010

143,397

Carbon Emissions Reduction Targets

1 January 2010

46,000

Community Energy Savings Programme

1 April 2010

1,025,000

Project Feed-In Tariffs

1 April 2010

700,000


The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has lead responsibility for the UK Atomic Energy Authority. UKAEA currently has no major IT projects under way.

Departmental Marketing

Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department and its predecessors spent on the Act on CO2 campaign in each year since the campaign was initiated; and what the budget for the campaign is in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10. [290163]

Joan Ruddock: The costs for the Act on CO2 campaign since 2007 are as follows.

Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what advertising campaigns his Department is running; and what the estimated total cost is of each. [289786]

Joan Ruddock: Act on CO2 is the Department's key public campaign to raise awareness of climate change issues and to encourage sustained behaviour change. Between April 2009 and July 2009, DECC is expected to spend approximately £370,000 on Act on CO2 campaign advertising media and production. We are considering our advertising plans for the rest of 2009-10.

Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what advertising campaigns (a) the Coal Authority, (b) the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, (c) the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, (d) the Advisory Committee on Carbon Abatement Technologies, (e) the Fuel Poverty Advisory Group, (f) the Renewables Advisory Board, (g) the UK Chemical Weapons Convention National Authority Advisory Committee, (h) the Committee on Climate Change, (i) the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management and (j) the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets is running; and what the estimated cost is of each. [289788]


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