Do As I Say, Not As I do

You couldn’t make it up. The Sustainable Development Commission, the UK government’s own independent watchdog, has reported that the UK’s 19 government departments and associated agencies are missing sustainability targets left, right and centre. The full report, produced for the SDC by environmental consultancy Entec UK, can be found here, but here are a few highlights:

  • Each  civil servant is consuming an average of 10.2 cubic metres of water a year while at work, a third over target.
  • The 72,422 Home Office staff generated 17,679 tons of rubbish, up 63% from 2004.
  • Departments are not on track to meet their target of cutting carbon emissions from fuel by 12.5 per cent by 2010, with 11 departments increasing emissions.
  • 11 of 19 departments and agencies are failing to meet recycling targets.
  • Department of Transport vehicles released 9,670 tons of carbon dioxide in 2005 – a rise of 40 per cent from 2002.

It’s not all bad news:

  • Recycling increased (although the overall amount of waste produced increased by about 23,000 tonnes).
  • 3% more electricity was being sourced from renewable sources.
  • Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) located on the government estate were “well managed”.

So that’s all right then.

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2 Responses to Do As I Say, Not As I do

  1. matt says:

    Time for a New Party then; 😉

    But seriously. I trust Entec has taken into account the huge growth in public sector jobs over the last several years. Yes I know GB is now slashing these posts but they wouldn’t be part of the new stats.

    Assuming all of the above has been accounted for these results are truely appalling. Good to see this highlighted though in an SDC report. Time for govt to stop making the citizen feel guilty about reaching ‘green’ targets & to lead instead.

  2. Pete Smith says:

    This is an annual report, so is using 2006 figures wherever possible. The problem seems to be that in many instances departments have not returned any figures. This makes it a bit hard to make any useful comparisons with previous years.
    The 2005 report “Leading by example? Not exactly…” can be found here

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