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Councils and health authorities in England and Wales have pledged to make the way they buy goods and services more environmentally friendly.

The commitment came as a response to the recent Sustainable Procurement Task Force report, Procuring the Future. It detailed how the UK could become an EU leader in terms of sustainable procurement by the year 2009.

Council and health authorities procure around £58 billion of goods and services every year.

The social care sector (£18 billion of procurement) and local government (£40 billion of procurement) have published their own plans to improve their sustainable procurement following a consultation in both of their sectors.

Central to the commitment are plans to mainstream green purchasing. Councils and health authorities hope that the social, economic and environmental benefits of the billions of procurement pounds spent each year will be maximised.

Article Date: 06 December 2007

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