Department for Culture Media and Sport

energy use

We have made our real-time energy use information available online. The Prime Minister has committed all central government departments to provide this kind of information.

Capturing electricity and gas use in our London headquarters, the online tool displays real-time energy information that is updated every 30 minutes. The tool provides an at-a-glance view of energy use over the last 24 hours.

As more data is collected it will become available in different formats – for example, for the past week, month and year – with current performance compared to previous performance.

This data will be available on the DCMS page of the carbon culture website.


Greenest Government Ever

On 14 May, the Prime Minister challenged us to be the “Greenest Government ever” and made a commitment to delivering a ten per cent reduction in carbon emissions across the central government estate over the following twelve months.

As part of that effort, there will be monthly inter-departmental competitions running from September 2010 to May 2011. The energy use of each departmental HQ in October 2010 will be compared to its energy use in September 2010. The department with the largest reduction – or the smallest increase as autumn sets in – will be October’s winner. Future monthly competitions might monitor reductions per sq meter or per employee. Visit the competition data to see how we're doing.

In DCMS, our staff, facilities managers and suppliers are working together to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions and lower our energy costs.  Initiatives have been identified to deliver the 10 per cent reduction target.

  • Reduce running times of fan coil units – estimated carbon saving 53.85 tonnes.  This initiative is now fully implemented and initial indications show reductions are being achieved as expected.
  • Lighting adjustments – estimated carbon saving 20.38 tonnes.  This initiative is close to being fully implemented and initial indications show reductions are being achieved as expected.
  • Sequencing of the boiler and chiller – estimated carbon saving 79.24 tonnes.  This initiative is close to being fully implemented and initial indications show reductions are being achieved as expected.
  • Reduced cooling in the data centre – estimated carbon savings 15.58 tonnes.  This initiative is now fully implemented and initial indications show reductions are being achieved as expected.
  • Virtualisation of the data centre – estimated carbon saving 13.90 tonnes.  This initiative is now fully implemented and initial indications show reductions are being achieved as expected.

DCMS has carried out major improvement works in recent years, which has seen the installation of new lighting systems, chillers, fan coil units and a voltage optimisation system.  The site has previously worked with the Carbon Trust and had advice on the design of the chiller when this was replaced, ensuring that the most energy efficient plant was fitted.  The new report by the Carbon Trust is expected to highlight that there are now only limited reductions in CO2 emissions that can be made at DCMS headquarters.

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