Government departments were today slammed in a report by the Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) for failing to meet carbon, waste and water targets.
The report, titled 'Sustainable Development in Government 2006', criticises the government for failing to ensure its resources are managed in sustainable manner.It also says government departments increased the amount of waste generated last year. Total waste increased from 163,847 tonnes to 186,380 tonnes. Nine departments were unable provide proper waste data. On average, departments have reduced carbon emissions by 0.5% since 1999. Fifteen increased their carbon emissions - a far cry from the government's carbon reduction target of 12.5% by 2010. Departments failed to meet the target of consuming 7.7m3 of water per member of staff. Instead, they consumed an average of 10.2m3 per person. The Cabinet Office was furthest from the target, consuming 19m3 water per person.SDC Chair Jonathon Porritt said 'Overall, Government performance is simply not good enough. Against a background of non-stop messages on climate change and corporate social responsibility, the Government has failed to get its own house in order. It's absolutely inexcusable that Government is lagging so far behind the private sector, when it should be leading the way.'Commenting on the report Environment Secretary David Miliband said the government must not just set targets to become more sustainable - it must deliver them.