28 August 2008 | Paul Snell
Public sector organisations have teamed up with the Carbon Disclosure Project to measure emissions within their supply chains.
As part of a pilot scheme, eight bodies have signed up with the group to understand the impact their purchasing and supply has on the environment. The CDP already works with 30 firms in the private sector, including Heinz, Kellogg's and Vodafone, to give them a better understanding of carbon footprints within their supply chains.
Public sector participants include the Department for Food and Rural Affairs, the OGC, Leeds City Council and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Hilary Benn, secretary of state for the environment, said: "In fighting climate change, we must look beyond the emissions from our own operations and look closely into the products and services we use and the suppliers we work with."
Paul Dickinson, CEO of the CDP, said the public sector had a great chance to make a change thanks to its enormous purchasing power. The information gathered from the project will help buyers form strategies to make savings and efficiencies.
Other public sector bodies involved include the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Gloucestershire County Council, Essex County Council and the London Borough of Islington.