From SOGE To SDiG 2010 – The Vision of a Sustainable Government Estate

When Oct 06, 2010 from 09:15 AM to 05:00 PM
Where Church House, Westminster, London
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Contact Phone 0161 238 8881
Attendees We will be inviting delegates to attend from across all areas of local and central government
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GovToday presents From SOGE To SDiG 2010 – The Vision of a Sustainable Government Estate Conference and Exhibition, which will be held on the 6th September 2010, at Church House Conference Centre, Westminster, London.

As part of our successful ‘Securing the Future’ series of events, this, our second Annual National Conference on public sector performance in Sustainable Development on the Government Estate will examine current progress on the 2009/10 targets and highlight the priorities for 2010/11 and beyond.

In 2009, the collection and evaluation of data relating to the Sustainable Operations on the Government Estate targets became the responsibility of the Centre of Expertise in Sustainable Procurement (CESP) at the Office of Government Commerce (OGC), with the Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) as the Government’s watchdog, providing independent commentary and applying the traffic light rating methodology to assess progress.

In December 2009, the 8th ‘Annual Sustainable Operations on the Government Estate Assessment’ revealed that despite progress in a number of important areas – the Government taking its score to 81 per cent, up from 78 per cent last year, for the primary operational targets, and maintaining the 4 out of 5 rating – more must be done by the public sector in order to achieve the UK target of a 34 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions against 1990 levels by 2020, as set out in the ‘UK Low Carbon Transition Plan’.

From 2010/11 and for the foreseeable future, a new framework will replace the SOGE targets, the Sustainable Development in Government (SDiG) framework, this will set a target to reduce all greenhouse gas emissions by 34 per cent by 2020 and includes challenging targets on “waste reduction and recovery, more efficient use of water, protection and enhancement of biodiversity and positive engagement with the community”.

The sustainable procurement of goods and services is central to achieving this ambition with the public sector spending £220 billion annually on the procurement of goods and services, and the UK Government spending £175 billion annually, of which the operation and management of the civil estate is worth approximately £30 billion.

This Conference will examine the priorities ahead for those organisations currently included in the SOGE targets, and looks to the future, highlighting the changes to the current system, with an emphasis on collaboration, cross-government working and sharing tools and best practice. There is also a focus this year on achieving more effective performance measuring and monitoring processes, utilising the relevant guidance and support now available.

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