Dáil Éireann - Volume 628 - 22 November, 2006

Written Answers. - Departmental Expenditure.

Mr. Cuffe asked the Minister for Finance the quantity, cost and suppliers of energy used by his Department in the last year for which figures are available; if an audit has been carried out on his Department’s energy use; the details of same. [39424/06]

  Mr. Cowen: The cost of energy used by my Department in 2005 was €306,017.75. The suppliers of energy were Texaco Ireland, Energia, Bord Gáis and the ESB. The quantities of energy used are not readily identifiable.

An audit has not been carried out on my Department’s energy use. However, I understand that the Office of Public Works has invested in an energy monitoring and targeting system which is being rolled out to all of its larger buildings. This system will facilitate the carrying out of an energy audit which will be used to identify savings. A pilot scheme, to put an energy conservation programme in place, is currently under way in a number of selected buildings.