Netherlands to bolster "greener government" policy

Dutch environment minister Pieter van Geel is set to propose a substantial increase in the amount of government property subject to strict sustainable procurement and management procedures. In a report due to be presented to the Dutch parliament on Friday Mr van Geel will recommend that the proportion of central and local government property complying with the rules should rise from 20% to 50% by 2010. The proposals are part of an initiative to ensure that central government operations become "climate neutral" by 2012 at the latest. See environment ministry press release.

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