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Use Your Buying Power to Go Green, Urges Miliband

Magazine article Public Finance

Use Your Buying Power to Go Green, Urges Miliband

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David Miliband is calling on his Cabinet colleagues to harness the government's purchasing power by putting the fight against climate change at the heart of procurement policy.

The environment and rural affairs secretary said he was urging other ministers to take a lead on sustainability by ensuring that their departments spend budgets in ways that promote green objectives.

Miliband told delegates on September 27 that Whitehall should flex its financial muscle and do business only with companies that live up to their environmental responsibilities.

'We have to aim, as a nation, to live within the limits of what the planet can sustain. That means every business cutting its emissions and every trade union signing up to energy efficiency', he told the conference.

'The £150bn of government procurement should be done in a green way, to make sure it is sustainable.'

The minister criticised those who failed to acknowledge the threat of climate change, branding them 'the flat-earthers of the twenty-first century' and arguing that this is one of the key political challenges of the moment

Miliband also admitted that there needed to be more effective integration of the public and private investment used to fund projects tackling climate change and promoting green alternatives. …

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