Departmental energy consumption data now available online

16 08 2010

As of 5th August, the UK government’s energy use can now be viewed in real time online, with half-hourly updates of the energy consumption of all 18 departments available here.

This move comes just three months after the PM’s statement that central government would cut carbon emissions by 10% over the next year. Hailing this latest development, Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker, said:

‘For too long Whitehall has been guilty of preaching and not acting on efficiency. Slashing energy waste in government needs to happen fast, as much for tackling the public finances as for climate change. Shining a spotlight on what’s being used in real time will help staff change their behaviour and the public hold us to account. We said we’d be the greenest government ever and we mean it.’

Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude added:

‘The publication of the real time energy figures today is yet another demonstration of our commitment to transparency as a government. As with other transparency initiatives we urge the public to really hold our feet to the fire and make sure that we drive down our energy use as much as possible.’

In a further development, the Department for Communities and Local Government has become the first government department to publish details of its spending online. On 12th August, the department released every item of spending over £500 last year, a move intended to set an example in the light of Minister Eric Pickles’ call for all town hall spending on goods and services above £500 to be out online by January 2011. 28 local authorities have already heeded his words and published all spending over £500- the full data for these councils is available here.

Charlotte Jee           (@charlottejee)

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