- 6 Apr 2020
Date received: 21 Jan 2020
Date responded: 6 Apr 2020
1. Whether this organisation has a record of the EPC rating of its buildings. If it does, please provide this.
2. Whether this organisation has a record of the energy efficiency of its electrical equipment such as laptops, projectors and printers. If it does please provide this.
3. Whether this organisation has a record of the energy efficiency of its in-use appliances such as refrigerators and air-conditioning units. If it does please provide this.
4. The number of refrigerators in use by this organisation and the approximate age and energy rating of the appliance.
As the information you have requested is ‘environmental information’ for the purposes of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs), we are required to deal with your request under those Regulations. We are applying the exemption at section 39(2) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), so that we do not also have to deal with your request under FOISA.
This exemption is subject to the ‘public interest test’. Therefore, taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exemption, because there is no public interest in dealing with the same request under two different regimes. This is essentially a technical point and has no material effect on the outcome of your request.
I enclose a copy of some of the information you requested where it is available, in the format you asked for.
REASONS FOR NOT PROVIDING INFORMATION
The Scottish Government does not have the information
Under the terms of the exception at regulation 10(4)(a) of the EIRs (information not held), the Scottish Government is not required to provide information which it does not have. Scottish Forestry does not hold the information/data you have requested relating to energy efficiency of the buildings it occupies/leases and certain electrical appliances and refrigerators.
This exception is subject to the ‘public interest test’. Therefore, taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exception. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exception. While we recognise that there may be some public interest in information about the energy efficiency of buildings/appliances and refrigerators, clearly we cannot provide information which we do not hold.
The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at http://www.gov.scot/foi-responses.
Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrews House