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Government challenged over 'dismal' sustainability record


ENVIRONMENTAL GURU Jonathan Porritt this week lashed out at the government's 'dismal' performance on sustainability.

Government departments were largely failing to demand sustainable construction or environmental efficiencies in the operation of buildings, he claimed.

'Why is government, with its £40bn to spend on construction, finding it so difficult to bring about sustainable procurement?' he asked a seminar on sustainability organised by contractor Carillion.

'How dare the government lecture business about doing right by the environment and society when it has barely got it right itself.'

Porritt, founder of consultancy Forum for the Future and chairman of the UK Sustainability Development Commission, also condemned the government for failing to plough money from the landfill, aggregates and climate change taxes into incentive schemes for sustainable practices.

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