Embedding Sustainable Development Across Government

Posted on January 16, 2011 by Professor Benfield There have been 2 comment(s)

Government’s ‘Green’ Watchdog

The Sustainable Development Commission is due to lose its funding next year. Currently it acts as an advisory watchdog on Green issues for the Coalition Government. 

The ‘Green’ Agenda

With MP’s raising concern that the loss of such experience and resources  would pose a risk to the Government’s Green Agenda and the sustainability of its policies, an enquiry was launched  to review this withdrawal of funding.

Prime Ministerial & Treasury Support

If the Environmental Audit Committee Select Committee gets its way, the Cabinet Office will soon be responsible for driving improvements in sustainability across Government.  This will involve it receiving greater Prime Ministerial and Treasury support.  

Defra Ill Placed to Deliver

In the Committees view, Defra is not in the best position to ensure other Government departments fully embed sustainability in policy making and operations.

A New ‘Green’ Cabinet Minister

Recommending the creation of a new, Cabinet Office based, Ministerial post  for sustainable development, the purpose would be to ensure  'sustainability proof' decision-making across Governmen.t.  It would do this by holding departments failing to deliver on imminent green target updates, to account.   Financial sanctions for poor sustainability performance will be delivered with the aid of the Treasury.

Committee Chair, Joan Walley MP, states:-

"The sustainability agenda needs to be driven from the centre of Government. Defra has the expertise, but it does not have the influence to get the rest of Government to act more sustainably."

PM’s 10% CO2 Reduction Targets

Prime Ministerial  influence in setting departmental targets to deliver his 10% carbon emissions reductions, is clear. But being the 'greenest government ever' isn't just about reducing carbon emissions from Whitehall",  she said

Government to get ‘Greener’

With Government now broadening its ambitions and requiring departments across the board to act more sustainably, the aim is to get the Cabinet Office, supported by the Treasury, to take the lead.  Ensuring that Government specified resources are available to make this happen indicates much greater emphasis on Sustainable Construction.

Timber, MMC & Off-Site set to Benefit

In this respect the MMC timber sector can expect to see new opportunities opening up for it over the next couple of years as Design & Build Contractors, Developers and House-builders revisit Timber Frame as a route to securing finance and winning orders.


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