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Departmental Sustainable Development

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 29 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department is working towards accreditation to a certified environmental management system such as ISO14001 or EMAS for (a) its whole estate or (b) some of its buildings. (167811)

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has 53 sites across the entire estate which falls within the scope of its Environmental Management System (EMS). Of these, 88 per cent. (based on floor space) are accredited to ISO14001. DEFRA is working towards accreditation for all sites falling within the parameters of the EMS within its entire estate not yet accredited.

The Department has an active and on-going programme of assessment for certification of sites currently working towards accreditation and a continuing programme of re-assessment for all sites already accredited to the standard.