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Central Government

Energy saving advice for central government departments, agencies and non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs).

UK Houses of Parliament - Big Ben

Sustainability is high on the agenda of all government departments. Carbon reduction and energy efficiency is an ideal way to demonstrate commitment, as it spans environmental, economic and social factors.  

In the UK, the Government Estate’s total energy demand stands at around 10 billion kWh per year, which is about 1% of the UK’s total.

Government buildings fulfil a variety of functions, which can be split broadly into:

Offices and services  - varying from large, office-style complexes such as Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs to local, customer-facing centres such as benefits agencies and Job Centre Plus offices.

Institutions  - including prisons and courts. This category also includes laboratories and MoD (Ministry of Defence) bases.

Government buildings range from listed and refurbished buildings to purpose-built, prestige developments. Both the function and condition of the building will affect its energy consumption profile, and consequently where energy, cost and carbon savings can be made.

Energy consumption profiles and costs are determined by the facilities that government buildings offer. Clearly, those with leisure centres, residential accommodation or large science/biomedical facilities will have different consumption patterns and spend from office and service buildings.

There are three areas to focus on for reducing energy in central government organisations.

Heating: only use heating when it's needed and set temperature controls relative to the space and occupation levels. Read our low cost housekeeping tips and advice for implementation of energy efficient equipment to find out how you could reduce heating costs by up to a third.

Ventilation: unnecessary ventilation can waste energy and cost you a lot of money. Find out how you can make your systems more efficient with advice on simple energy saving measures, upgrading and replacing equipment. 

Energy management: get buy-in for energy saving across all levels of the organisation, from appointing an energy manager and monitoring energy use, to developing an action plan and training staff. 

Further guidance

Central Government sector overview (CTV029 / CTV062)

Engage staff on saving energy in the workplace

UK businesses and public bodies could save £500 million and 2 million tonnes of CO2 emissions by engaging employees in cutting energy use, paper waste and travel.  Help your employees play a part in achieving energy and carbon savings for your organisation with our Empower employee engagement programme.


Energy efficiency support

If you'd like to improve energy efficiency of your organisation, see our services to find out how we can help.  This includes our public sector support, and financing and implementation support for organisations seeking to invest in energy efficient equipment.

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