The UK government has made it clear that it wants the public sector to be a leading exponent of enery efficiency and carbon reduction. All public sector bodies are set to lead by example in promoting and delivering sustainable working practices through their current and future procurement policy.
The Climate Change Act became law in the UK on 26 November 2008. It makes it the duty of the Secretary of State to ensure that the net UK carbon account for all six Kyoto greenhouse gases for the year 2050, is at least 80% lower than the 1990 baseline. The Act aims to enable the United Kingdom to become a low-carbon economy and gives ministers powers to introduce the measures necessary to achieve a range of greenhouse gas reduction targets. Fulfilling this ambition is a daunting task within public sector organisations and requires behavioural and attitudinal changes which are far reaching.
As the recession nears its end in the private economy, it is just beginning for the 5.8 million public servants in the UK. Faced with swingeing budget cuts, public sector organisations are required to stay true to their carbon reduction commitments, sustainable regeneration, ethical procurement, and a wealth of other new practices and initiatives.
For private sector organisations, the public sector is a key source of business that will help towards their recovery, with those companies that are able to meet public sector procurement specifications, and supply government organisations with energy efficient solutions being in popular demand.
If your company has products or services that can assist government in achieving its targets, the Gateway Network is positioned to support you with introductions to those organisations in which your solution will have the best fit with their corporate plans and buying criteria.
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