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January 2011 | Lindsay Clark
to reduce carbon emissions and manage climate change need to be built into
all of the UK government’s supplier relationships, a report has said.
The Carbon Disclosure Project’s PublicProcurement Report revealed 262 firms supplying the public sector have managed to reduce their
carbon dioxide emissions by a combined total of 32 million tones a year,
equivalent to saving £221 million. One vendor, the construction
firm Mansell, installed video conferencing technology in its offices to reduce
business travel. The firm estimates this saved 16.28 tonnes of CO2 and £42,600
over five months.
the success in reducing emissions, the report also revealed areas for concern.
While 57 per cent of suppliers reported having a carbon mitigation plan, only
12 per cent have strategy to adapt to a low-carbon economy and the worst effects
of climate change.
still a long way to go in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, reducing risks
and taking advantage of opportunities,” the report said. “[These] results will
need to be built into government supplier relationship management as normal
2010, the third year of the Public Procurement Programme – a coalition of
government departments, agencies and their vendors – which was responsible for the
report, there was an increase in the number of public sector organisations
requesting information from their suppliers and responses from vendors.
Letwin, Cabinet Office minister, said in a statement: “By
measuring and disclosing carbon emissions, both government and business can
discover where the big energy losses are in the supply chain of government
procurement - and we can then begin to work together to reduce these wasteful
losses through clever technology, re-engineering of production and distribution
processes, and innovative approaches to procurement.
“The number of suppliers disclosing this climate
change information publicly – to government, each other and the wider general
public - is also increasing, which gives some re-assurance that suppliers are
managing climate change and risks prudent.”