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Change, will demonstrate demand for low to zero carbon products in three pilot sectors – catering, transport and renewable energy – thus encouraging innovation and investment by suppliers, and driving growth and jobs. With the participation of BT, EDF


Energy, BSkyB, Lloyds Banking Group, Government Procurement Service, and key Ministries such as DECC and Defra, the project should drive a significant reduction in UK emissions and set a precedent for other sectors and organisations. Neil Carson, CEO of Johnson

Matthey, said: “This is a clear example of collaborative sustainability leadership. It sets a great precedent. We believe it will drive innovation and reduce the carbon emissions embedded in these goods and services. A strong message is being sent to suppliers: lower carbon products have a competitive advantage.”

Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills said: "A green economy has economic as well as environmental benefits. It can help UK businesses manage risks arising from fluctuating fossil fuel prices and increase resilience, in particular from the impacts of climate change, and seize the opportunities from emerging markets both at home and abroad. The Government has a key role to play in ensuring more effective supply chain engagement, and by signalling demand for low carbon innovation. This important initiative will help to drive investment in new and better goods and services.”

In the fleet compact the signatories identify a need for low-emission vehicles that offer range and refueling times comparable to conventional combustion engine vehicles. They note that Battery Electric Vehicles have a role to play but are not sufficient for a significant


he new initiative, spearheaded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group on Climate


Commitments made by leading UK companies and government departments in three joint Procurement Compacts will drive low carbon sourcing in more than £1bn of spending and set an important precedent for the future.

proportion of fleets.

The potential of the initiative is indicated by the following statistics about some of the signatories: Government Procurement Service is tendering in 2014 for replacement vehicle purchase, hire and lease frameworks with a potential value of £800m; BT has one of the largest vehicle fleets in Europe with 27,000 commercial vehicles and 7,000 company cars; and Lex AutoLease procures 75,000 cars a year for its customers.

up to 20% are achievable - equivalent to £80 million per year.

In the renewable energy compact, signatories state that biomethane could make an important contribution to their energy requirements if its use could be decoupled from its generation using the gas grid. They note that existing solutions for onsite renewable energy generation such as solar PV and wind turbines can only address a fraction of the need and can be difficult to deploy.

“...lower carbon products have a competitive advantage”

In the catering compact the signatories state their ambition to purchase progressively lower carbon catering goods and services, taking into account food procurement, transportation, distribution, preparation, and waste management. Signatories include Lloyds Banking Group, which has catering in over 80 offices, and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, which serves 3 million meals per year. The total energy consumption of

Britain’s catering industry is estimated to be in excess of 21,600 million kWh per year. Over 30% of the energy is used in commercial catering establishments, and more than 50% in non-commercial catering such as schools and hospitals. With moderate improvements in efficiency, and effective use of equipment, savings of

PUBLIC SECTOR SUSTAINABILITY • VOLUME 2 ISSUE 5 One signatory, BT, uses nearly 1% of

all the UK’s electricity to power its telephone and broadband networks. BT has committed to source 25% of its energy from renewables by 2016 and estimates that it could use an extra 30 million m3 of biomethane every year. Iain Gray, Chief Executive of the

Technology Strategy Board, said: “As the UK's innovation agency, we believe that there is huge potential to use the purchasing power of the public and private sectors to stimulate innovation and at the same time to deliver benefits to the economy and the environment. We very much welcome this initiative and the future demand it will create for innovative low carbon products and services.”

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