The Government today (12 June) welcome an independent, business-led report on sustainable public procurement, and have also made a commitment to lead by example by setting challenging targets for the sustainability of their own estate.
Sir Neville Simms, Chairman of the Sustainable Procurement Task Force presented the Task Force's National Action Plan, which sets out recommendations to the Prime Minister, the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, on how Government can meet their commitment to be a leader in sustainable procurement in the EU by 2009. DEFRA, HM Treasury and other Government Departments will work closely together to produce a response in the autumn setting out how Government will take this forward.
Copies of the Sustainable Procurement Task Force report will be placed in the Library of the House.
The new operational targets for the Government estate can be found on the Government Sustainable Development website http://www.sustainable-development. gov.uk/government/estates/index.htm. Copies will be placed in the Library of the House. The new sustainable operations targets are the recommendation of a senior official level Sustainable Operations Board. They replace those in the Framework for Sustainable Development on the Government Estate.