Tories call for green OGC reports

19 September 2007
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20 September 2007 | Paul Snell

The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) should report to Parliament annually on the government's progress on sustainable procurement, according to Conservative proposals put forward last week.

The opposition party's Quality of Life study, drawn up by former environment minister John Gummer and Ecologist magazine director Zac Goldsmith, said the agency should report on how the government was following Sustainable Procurement Task Force recommendations. Currently the OGC doesn't report in this way.

The study highlights public sector procurement as one of the five key ways of making the economy more environmentally friendly.

It also advocated preferential procurement of products and services with the lowest environmental impact, unless there is a clear price disadvantage.

The report argued that the public sector must take the lead on green procurement, by using its purchasing power to buy green products, making supply chains more efficient and creating new markets for environmental technology.

Other proposals include increased procurement standards for recycled products and greater purchase of local food by the public sector.

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