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CESP delivers through the coordination of activity across five key areas: Performance Management, Sustainable Operations, Sustainable Procurement, Capability & Leadership and Communications & Programme Management.
We work with departments to improve the timeliness, consistency and accuracy of performance data for sustainable procurement and operations, to provide robust view of current performance and inform future decision making.
We work with practitioners and policy makers to support delivery of the Sustainable Operations on the Government Estate (SOGE) / SDiG targets and mandates, through leading collaborative work on energy efficiency and sharing good practice.
We support and facilitate the development of an aligned approach to sustainable procurement across central government departments, including supporting compliance with the Government Buying Standards for products.
Capability & Leadership
We are currently developing a high-level practical strategy and an 18-month implementation plan aimed at embedding sustainable procurement and operations within central government departments, with OGC's support. The main focus is on raising knowledge, skills, awareness and practice, leadership commitment and attitudes and behaviours.
Communications & Programme Management
This team is responsible for the development and implementation of our stakeholder engagement strategy and supporting the priorities set in relation to sustainable procurement and operation of the government estate.
CESP’s goals are to achieve the Government's sustainable procurement and operations commitments, as outlined above, and in general to improve sustainable procurement and operations practice across central government. See Government Delivery.
We have been active on a number of fronts.
An immediate priority when CESP was established in April 2008 was to develop a clear picture of performance and a future plan for delivery. CESP now leads on government department data collection and monitoring, passing this data to the Sustainable Development Commission (the Government's independent watchdog) - for their review.
A further priority was to establish the contributions of departments and other central stakeholders in achieving the targets and commitments: this was summarised in the August 2008 Delivery Plan, with progress reported every six months in the Delivery Plan Update.
Now that there is a much better view of performance, CESP has developed a full programme of support. This focuses specifically around achieving sustainable procurement and operations commitments as well as sharing 'best practice'. Here you can find our latest guidance as well as policy and standards on Sustainability.
Highlights of this programme are noted below:
Success and progress can be measured in a number of ways. The most obvious is the departmental performance against SOGE / SDiG and SPAP targets. Much of this success is down to departments' hard work and commitment.
Over time, CESP will be looking to provide additional support by providing the information needed and the tools necessary to increase the pace of change across government. CESP wants to empower individuals to challenge the status quo to make the necessary changes; ensuring that there is the capability and leadership within the different areas of central government departments to make this happen.