The graphs in the document show the Cabinet Office’s current performance against the Greening Government Commitments. The graphs are updated on a quarterly basis.
Climate change adaptation
The Cabinet Office has a role to play in ensuring adaptation to the risks and opportunities presented by climate change. To this end, the Cabinet Office has taken a number of steps to ensure that these considerations are reflected in relevant planning and strategies. For example:
Climate change has been identified as a key threat in the national Risk Register of Civil Emergencies. The security implications of climate change have been embedded in the National Security Strategy. The department will ensure that these considerations continue to be reflected in future.
The Cabinet Office operates an office-based estate and as such has not had to undertake work on biodiversity. However, in future the department will work to ensure that biodiversity considerations are made whenever relevant. These considerations will be embedded in the department’s revised environmental policy.
Food procurement and catering
The Cabinet Office has been working with its key catering suppliers to encourage the procurement of food which meets British production standards. Approximately 75% of all food supplied on the department’s central London contract was produced to Farm Assured Standard or equivalent standard; 85% of fish supplied was from sustainable sources certified by bodies such as the Marine Stewardship Council and 100% of the department’s meat, poultry and milk come from UK producers.
The department’s catering supplier seeks to promote healthy lifestyle choices. Wherever possible they seek to eliminate, reduce or use a minimal quantity of salt, oils, fats and sugar in cooking processes. Healthy option choices are provided within the standard daily menus along with a diverse salad and deli bar.
The Cabinet Office seeks to apply the Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) on all relevant refurbishment projects. The department has completed one such project in the last financial year for which it received a BREEAM rating of ‘very good’. A further on-going refurbishment at another of its buildings has also received a BREEAM in use rating of ‘very good’. In future, the Cabinet Office will work to ensure that this good performance continues by embedding the standards in all relevant projects.
The Cabinet Office endeavours to recycle all construction waste where possible and this is monitored as part of the regular ISO14001 audits conducted by the department to ensure its continuing compliance with this standard.
The Cabinet Office has a wellbeing strategy which seeks to promote a healthy lifestyle among staff. It also provides HR support for managers managing staff back to work. This strategy was in place during the financial year 2011 to 2012 with a stronger relationship to the government’s commitment to staff volunteering, supported by online information on healthy eating and promotion of Cabinet Office sports day and other charity sporting events. The Cabinet Office allows staff up to 5 days a year to undertake voluntary work for worthwhile causes.