Local government must have sustainable procurement targets

20 September 2007
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21 September 2007 | Paul Snell

Local authorities must be able to measure themselves against targets for sustainable procurement, a leading campaigner has said.

Speaking at the Supply Management and CIPS Efficient and Sustainable Public Sector Procurement Conference in London yesterday, environmental expert Jonathan Porritt said it would be a "fundamental error" if local authorities did not have to meet targets on sustainable procurement.

Porritt told delegates he expected the final report by Roger Latham, chief executive of Nottinghamshire County Council, responding to the government's report by the sustainable procurement taskforce, not to give councils targets to reach on the taskforce's suggested "flexible framework".

The flexible framework provides guidance at different levels for both public and private organisations to follow on sustainable purchasing. A draft response to the taskforce was published by the Regional Centres of Excellence in May and the final report is expected in the Autumn.

Porritt added it would probably fall to the Audit Commission to drive through the sustainable procurement agenda in local authorities.


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