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Electricity and gas use costs (FOI231181)

This Freedom of Information request asks for overall cost of gas and electricity to OS for the last two financial years.

Request for information - Ref No: FOI231181


Thank you for your email of 20 September 2023 requesting information from Ordnance Survey in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000, as set out in the extract below:

“We would like to formally issue a FOI request for the below and which we understand is data you hold and not exempt from ROI exemptions.

Whilst we understand we do not need to provide an explanation as to why we require the data, we are looking to compile a UK wide total deep dive analysis of hundreds of the key public organisations so we can compare them all together on a like for like basis to see the full picture.

We believe there is an innate public interest in the disclosure of environmental information to the public, as well as a general public interest in all publicly funded organisations in being transparent and accountable regarding the environmental information they hold. Disclosing information on the overall cost of gas and electricity to your organisation for the last 2 financial years, would better allow the public to understand the energy needs of all government and key public sector organisations and would also aid the public to better scrutinise environmentally related expenditure to determine that it is cost-effective and appropriate.

The energy usage and cost information requested is what should be easily accessible by your energy procurement/bill validation team and so we please ask your team to complete the below and email back to us complete.

Ultimately the public have a entitlement to know what is being consumed and spent by the publicly funded originations and so we thank you for your co-operation in advance.”

Our response

I confirm that Ordnance Survey does hold some of the information you have requested, which can be found in the attached Excel Spreadsheet. Where the information is not held this is stated.

Internal review

Your enquiry has been processed according to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000. If you are unhappy with our response, you may request an internal review with our Internal Review Officer by contacting them, within two months of receipt of our final response to your Freedom of Information (FOI) request, as follows:

Internal Review Officer
Customer Service Centre
Ordnance Survey
Adanac Drive
SO16 0AS

Contact us via our FoI form

Please include the reference number above. You may request an internal review where you believe Ordnance Survey has:

  • Failed to respond to your request within the time limits (normally 20 working days)
  • Failed to tell you whether or not we hold the information
  • Failed to provide the information you have requested
  • Failed to explain the reasons for refusing a request
  • Failed to correctly apply an exemption or exception

The Internal Review Officer will not have been involved in the original decision. They will conduct an independent internal review and will inform you of the outcome of the review normally within 20 working days, but exceptionally within 40 working days, in line with the Information Commissioner’s guidance.

The Internal Review Officer will either: uphold the original decision, provide an additional explanation of the exemption/s applied or release further information, if it is considered appropriate to do so.

Appeal to Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)

If, following the outcome of the internal review you remain unhappy with our response, you may raise an appeal, within three months of receiving our response, with the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Further information can be found on the ICO website.