This site requires Javascript to function correctly
UKAuthority.com requires the use of cookies. Continued use of this site indicates that you accept this policy. More information.

Cookies and your privacy

In accordance with the ICO's EU e-Privacy Directive and to help protect your privacy we are making you aware of the use of cookies on this site.

We use these to aid in improving and maintaining our website. Cookies are used for functionality and to track visitor behaviour on this site, primarily for Google Analytics.

Google Inc are members of the US Safe Harbor Scheme. This scheme allows the transfer of data from within the EEA to countries that are outside of the EEA without having to enter into a specific data transfer agreement. Companies that sign up to the scheme are deemed to provide adequate protection for personal data transmitted from Europe. Google Inc's registration is at http://safeharbor.export.gov/companyinfo.aspx?id=10543.

For more information on the cookies set by Google Analytics please go to: http://code.google.com/apis/analytics/docs/concepts/gaConceptsCookies.html.

This site also makes use of other essential Anonymous cookies, and the site won't work as expected without them. If you don't accept these anonymous cookies some features of the site may be unavailable.

UKAuthority.com's full privacy statement.

UKAuthority.com

Digital public sector news, research & engagement

Buying sustainable government and then turning it off

Cabinet Office minister, Tom Watson MP, has been appointed to take the lead on improving the way government can achieve sustainable operations and procurement objectives across departments.

Building on the recent announcement to slash the energy consumption of government computers and data centres, the Cabinet Office minister has published a detailed delivery plan to achieve more sustainable operations across Whitehall.

The plan includes the introduction of IT management systems to assist the switching off of PCs when not in use to save energy.

The delivery plan has been compiled by the new Centre of Expertise in Sustainable Procurement, which is based within the Office of Government Commerce (OGC), in conjunction with departments.

It focuses on the actions that have to be made in order to meet the targets set for sustainable operations on the government estate. As parliamentary secretary for the Cabinet Office, Tom Watson will lead and ensure CESP has a cross-departmental role that delivers on sustainable targets.

Speaking about the plan, Watson said, "A lower carbon economy is probably the single biggest issue facing us all today, and government has a crucial leadership role in limiting the effects of climate change.

"That is why we have set ourselves targets to deliver carbon reductions from our offices, our cars, waste, recycling and water consumption."

Nigel Smith, chief executive of the OGC, said: "This plan marks significant progress for government. We recognise that there is still a long way to go for government to achieve its sustainability goals; but departments are to be congratulated on a very real step forward, both in terms of the actions they have initiated, and in ensuring that there is a much clearer and more comprehensive picture of the impact of those actions. This means we can now identify much more readily where we need to concentrate more effort in the future."

The government has already set in place a number of initiatives to assist departments in meeting the targets, including producing guidance on how the £160bn spent on public sector goods and services can safeguard the environment. The High Performing Property initiative is also improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the management and use of government estate, to achieve more sustainable operations and achieve savings of up to £1.5bn by 2013.

http://www.ogc.gov.uk/documents/Delivery-Plan.pdf

UKA Live: view recorded interviews
Download green report
Download executive summary