The Carbon Disclosure Project, in partnership with Ricardo-AEA, has published the 2010 Public Procurement Programme Report for the UK Government and the Greater London Authority (GLA) Group.
The report gives detailed insight into the greenhouse gas emissions and climate change impact on the Government's supply chain. The findings will provide crucial support to the Government as it strives to become the ‘greenest government ever', saving £81 billion and increasing transparency in its operations.
In total, 25 government departments and non-departmental bodies participated in the programme, as well as the GLA Group and five NHS bodies; each asking their suppliers to disclose their emissions and activities. The number of participating suppliers in the programme has increased by more than 60% since 2009.
Christine St John Cox, Ricardo-AEA's Knowledge Leader for Carbon Management, and key contributor to the report commented:
"As well as highlighting how Government suppliers have saved 32 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, the 2010 disclosure shows a growing trend to make climate change a board level discussion point. The new challenge is for organisations to embed carbon and wider sustainability metrics into everyday decision-making and strategic planning. This includes climate change adaptation - where only 12% of companies currently have an adaptation strategy in place"
This is the second year running that Ricardo-AEA has supported CDP, which is recognised as "the gold standard for carbon reporting" (Hilary Benn, former Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs).
To read the report click here.
Learn more about the aims and objectives of CDP watch this short video.
For the CDP Public Procurement Programme 2009 Central Government Report click here