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In February 2011, the Government made a commitment to embed sustainability in all it does, including the way the Government estate is run, as part of its commitment to be the greenest Government ever. The Greening Government Commitments set out firm goals for departments to tackle their carbon emissions, water use, waste, and supply chain impacts.
The results outlined in this first annual report on progress against the Greening Government Commitments show that individuals and organisations across Government are making fundamental changes to the way they work. The targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, waste and water use, as well as buying more sustainably, affect every aspect of Government operations, and the breadth of the Government estate means that these changes have a far-reaching effect.