Publications and reports
This section contains links to publications and reports containing useful information on green procurement and sustainable development.
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Climate Change and Schools: A carbon management strategy for the school sector
This strategy, published by the The Department for Children, Schools and Families, provides a roadmap by which those working and studying within the school sector can begin to radically reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases from schools and school related activity.
Win/Win: Achieving Sustainable Procurement with the Developing World
A new guide from CIPS and Traidcraft will help practitioners to 'buy better' from the developing world, using economic, social and environmental performance as key success indicators.
How Low Can We Go? An assessment of greenhouse gas emissions from the UK food system and the scope for reduction by 2050
The Food Climate Research Network and WWF-UK have published a new report that quantifies the UK’s food carbon footprint and explores a range of scenarios for achieving a 70% cut in food related greenhouse gas emissions.
Other useful publications
A cynic's guide to Sustainable Procurement
This CIPS report provides a compendium of facts, figures and perspectives to help people explore the realities of sustainability in business.
Addressing the environmental impacts of Government procurement
This report by the National Audit Officer examines the environmental impacts of Government procurement.
Alternatives to unsustainable plywood in the UK construction industry
This report by Greenpeace contains a three step plan to help reduce the use of illegally logged wood.
Balancing commercial and sustainability issues: Are these issues mutually exclusive?
CIPS new paper explains that good procurement practice goes hand-in-hand with sustainable business practices.
Behind the Wheel: Understanding the business case for greener company car fleets
This report by the Energy Saving Trust highlights best practice in fleet management and suggests how UK business can improve its green credentials.
Buying a better world: sustainable public procurement
Forum for the Future has produced this comprehensive guide to sustainable procurement in the public sector.
Can You Afford Not To? Business Success in the Low Carbon Economy
This guide, part of DEFRA’s ‘Saving money – it’s your business’ campaign, makes the business case for action, including seizing new market opportunities and addressing risks in an economy where resources such as energy, raw materials and water need to be used more effectively.
Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 – Annual Review
The report examines the sustainability of all aspects of the London 2012 Olympic programme.
Delivering value for London
The Responsible Procurement Progress Report, ‘Delivering Value for London’ provides an account of the work the GLA has been doing and the progress it is making in delivering long term value to London.
Environment Agency Corporate Strategy 2010-2015
The strategy will provide a new framework to guide the Environment Agency's work to protect and improve the environment of England and Wales in the challenging climate of the next five years.
Leading to a greener London
An environment programme for the capital
Local decision-making and sustainable development
This report by the Sustainable Development Commission sets out the key responsibilities of local authorities in relation to sustainable development, and some of the challenges that they face in meeting these.
London 2012 Sustainability Guidelines – Corporate and Public Events
The guidelines have been developed primarily for London 2012 events organisers and to encourage interest and development of sustainability across the event sector.
Meeting the UK climate change challenge: the contribution of resource efficiency
WRAP commissioned the Stockholm Environment Institute, University of York, to undertake this study to explore how resource efficiency can help meet the target of reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions by 80% by 2050.
The Sustainable Procurement National Action Plan - 'Procuring the Future'
A practical framework for the UK Government to achieve its goal of being amongst the European Union (EU) leaders in sustainable procurement by 2009.