Our energy use

The Department for Transport's measures to reduce energy consumption and costs, and carbon emissions

The Department publishes, in real-time, the energy used in its headquarters building. We also make our energy use data available in a format that can be reused.

More efficient building

To make our headquarters in London more efficient, we:

  • are installing more energy-efficient lighting
  • have installed pulse meters on our electric and gas meters so we can identify and fix wastage
  • have switched off all unnecessary lighting in reception areas
  • have installed timers on all hot water heaters in tea-points so that they’re not on in the evenings or at weekends
  • have switched off and isolated all heaters in stairwells

We are currently assessing the CO2 benefits of the above measures.

DfT Display Energy Certificate

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Staff behaviour change

We also provide our staff with regular reminders and tips on how to save energy in the office, such as:

  • turning off monitors when away from the desk
  • greater use of video or telephone conferencing
  • using the stairs instead of the lift
  • displaying weekly energy use on news screens in the department