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Selling to Defra sustainably

The government is committed to sustainable procurement, which means only purchasing goods and services which are really needed and buying items whose production, use and disposal minimise negative impacts on the environment and society.

Procurement is an important tool for helping the Government meet its targets for operating sustainably across the Government estate: for example, by minimising its use of energy and CO2 emissions, its water consumption and waste levels and increasing its recycling rates.

Sustainable procurement also offers the Government the opportunity to lead by example and to use its purchasing power to influence suppliers and the products they develop and design, for the wider benefit of others in the economy and the UK environment. In particular, minimising the environmental impact of procurement practices is one of the tools for mitigating climate change.

Do you have an innovative idea?

Defra is a big supporter of innovation in Government procurement and contracting, and we want to hear from you if you have something to offer which will benefit the Department. Any enquiries or feedback on this section can be provided by sending an e-mail to:  Defra.SustainableProcurement@defra.gsi.gov.uk

Page published: 16 August 2010

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