10 March 2011 | Paul Snell
to help public sector buyers purchase more sustainable products will be in
place by the end of this month, the UK government has announced.
to the Carbon Plan
published this week, “government buying standards” for cleaning products and
services, food, furniture, gardening services, textiles, transport and
water-using products will be finalised by the Department for Food, Rural Affairs and the Environment by the end of
these minimum standards should help buyers reach a wider aim - also announced
as part of the plan - to cut carbon emissions, reduce waste, water consumption
and the amount of business travel by March 2015 and encourage sustainable
plan also repeated its commitment to measuring and publishing details of greenhouse
gas emissions created by vendors.
commitments to reduce the country’s carbon footprint included reforms to
electricity generation, a strategy to help build the infrastructure to support
ultra-low emission vehicles and a promise to work with the EU to take action on
emissions created by international shipping if no global agreement can be reached
by the end of this year.
government has pledged to cut carbon emissions by 10 per cent by May 2011, 34
per cent by 2020 and 80 per cent by 2050 - based on 1990 levels.