MoD installs sustainable supply regimeJuly 2010
The UK defence ministry is aiming to make its armed forces more sustainable through a new procurement strategy.
The ministry says it will conduct sustainability appraisals and integrate sustainability principles throughout its acquisition process, and has pledged to work with its suppliers to develop new technologies in areas such as renewable energy. Investment proposals that ignore such issues will be rejected for contracts.
Army equipment, on which $18billion (£12bn, €15bn) is spent annually, will be procured with long-term social and environmental impacts in mind and procurement in this area will be a 'cornerstone' of the ministry's operational sustainability programme.
The ministry hopes the new strategy, intended to cut waste, 'can also contribute to improved value for money'.
About six million tonnes of carbon are produced annually by the Ministry of Defence, which amounts to one per cent of total UK emissions. The new policy is partly a response to the UK's target of a 34 per cent emissions reduction by 2020.
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