Government departments to seek energy efficient solutions for Whitehall buildings

09 Dec 2009

A number of Government departments are to take part in a pilot project which will see Whitehall buildings demonstrating new energy efficiency technology.  The aim is to reduce energy bills, saving money for the taxpayer, and to give businesses the opportunity to provide innovative new solutions through government contracts.

The project  is designed to  use research and development to dramatically improve the energy performance of typical government offices such as the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the Department of Communities and Local Government (CLG) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

Relevant businesses will be invited to compete for contracts in a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition called Energy Efficient Whitehall, run by the government-backed Technology Strategy Board and co-funded by the Department of Energy and Climate Change with the support of the Office for Government Commerce (OGC).  The current amount of total investment stands at £2.75m but could grow with engagement from other government departments.

 Energy and Climate Change Minister Joan Ruddock said: "Energy Efficient Whitehall is an excellent way for central government departments to cut emissions as well as providing work for small businesses.  The UK has signed up to cut emissions by at least a third in ten years so every sector of society will need to play its part, including my own department.  DECC has already improved the energy efficiency rating of its headquarters and this scheme will help to cut even more carbon.  Showing leadership is vital at the crucial climate change talks in Copenhagen."

Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board, Iain Gray said: "This retrofitting solution will provide the building blocks needed to engender a dramatic improvement in the energy efficiency of government buildings, helping departments to honour their commitments on emissions.  In addition, it will stimulate more innovative and brave procurement activity, in some cases with small businesses that may never have had the opportunity to work with government before."

The competition is being run under the Small Business Research Intiative (SBRI), a pioneering programme championed by the Technology Strategy Board where Government departments   offer innovative businesses contracts for the development of technology-based  solutions to public sector challenges. The competition is part of the Technology Strategy Board's Low Impact Buildings Innovation Platform, which has already implemented significant programmes that address climate change.  Ends

For full press release including notes to editors, please follow this link - Government departments to seek energy efficient solutions for Whitehall buildings


Last updated on Friday 30 July 2010 at 14:22

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