More greening urged on UK government

Parliamentarians push for more ministry take-up of environmental management systems

A committee of British MPs today called on the government to establish accredited environmental management systems (EMS) in all ministries. The environmental audit committee of the House of Commons (lower parliamentary chamber) said that the government should "stop prevaricating" and meet the same challenge given to business on EMS adoption - 75% of ministries to have at least one certification by the end of this parliament.

The call is contained in a review of the latest report from the UK's "green ministers" network, in which it claimed good progress was being made toward improved environmental performance (ENDS Daily 29 July 1999). The parliamentary committee says this was a "helpful contribution" but calls for more actions.

Environmental appraisal of draft government policies needs to be strengthened, it says. The MPs call on ministries to reflect the national renewable energy target by sourcing at least 10% of their electricity from renewables. It further demands a greater emphasis on target-setting, as well as more efforts to green government procurement.

Follow Up:
House of Commons environmental audit committee, tel: +44 20 72 19 57 76, and its fifth report. See also the official UK greening government web pages.

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