Greener government initiative launched by UK

All government departments encouraged to use "first of its kind" environmental policy framework

In an initiative claimed as the "first of its kind," UK environment minister Michael Meacher is asking his colleagues in other government ministries to adopt a model environmental policy statement and improvement programme. Launched last week, the framework reflects the administration's policy of greening the process of government, building on pre-existing elements such as a network of "green" ministers in all ministries. The model policy statement is designed to be taken up and adapted by ministries according to their situation, but includes key government-agreed targets, such as a 20% improvement in energy efficiency over 1990 levels by 2000. All ministries will be expected to draw up green transport plans, encourage high environmental standards from suppliers and contractors, and avoid the use of batteries where there is a better environmental option. A model improvement programme accompanying the policy statement includes suggested performance indicators, targets and other information that ministries could use to measure their progress towards achieving the policy goals.

Follow Up:
UK environment ministry, tel: +44 171 890 3000. References: The ministry plans to publish the framework in full in due course at: http://www.environment.detr.gov.uk/greening/gghome.htm

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