Sustainable Development Action Plan 200910 by iqm86975



Sustainable Development
       Action Plan

1.   Introduction

2.   Foreword

3.   DfT Goals

4.   Principles of Sustainable
     Development:Monitoring, Evaluation,

5.   Our Commitments

6.   Staff Awareness and Engagement

7.   Sustainable Procurement

8.   A Success Story

9.   Action Plan/Progress Report

1. The Department for Transport’s Sustainable Development Action Plans (SDAPs)

The UK Government Sustainable Development Strategy ‘Securing the Future’ (March 2005) requires all central Government
Departments to produce action plans. The Department for Transport (DfT) and its seven agencies have produced individual
action plans which set out our collective commitment and strategy for implementing sustainable development.
Links to all plans can be found on the DfT’s website at:


The SDAPs were developed after a joint workshop attended by all parts of DfT where it was decided broadly how we would
proceed. The plans were then reviewed by DfT, circulated for best practice and then approved by each business unit. This
process also included a review by the Sustainable Development Commission who work to assist and critique Government’s
progress on Sustainable Development.

A Sustainable Development Action Plan is a tool to help facilitate the uptake of SD: it sets out an overarching commitment to
the principles and priorities of SD and details targets to be achieved that will further integrate SD. The SDAP process
involves establishing targets and publishing the SDAP, implementing activities towards the targets, monitoring and
assessing progress, and then reporting progress at the end of the SDAP period.

Previous GCDA SDAPs and Progress Reports can be found at This plan covers the period
April 2009 to March 2010.

We will further develop commitments for delivery next year during the life of this plan for publication in Spring 2010.

2. Foreword

  I am pleased to introduce the third GCDA Sustainable Development Action Plan (SDAP). We are delighted that we
  are able to continue to make good progress in our aim to support the Department for Transport’s sustainability

  Over the past three years our focus has been on the vehicles we drive and our efforts to reduce our tailpipe
  emissions while growing the business have been incredibly successful. The use of hybrid vehicles has continued to
  reduce our average tailpipe emissions and, more importantly, the amount of fuel we use. Our success in this area
  has been recognised with a number of awards and the process continues. We anticipate new vehicle technologies
  over the lifetime of this plan and we will take advantage of those new technologies wherever we can. We should of
  course acknowledge that the changes to our fleet would not be possible without full commitment from our
  customers, and for that we are grateful.

  We are now moving onto a new phase of our plans, which will focus on how we utilise other resources and ensure
  that there is an embedded culture in the organisation which understands the need to ”reduce reuse and recycle.”

  Roy Burke
  Chief Executive

3. DFT Goals

  Delivering a Sustainable Transport System

  In November 2008 DfT published Delivering a Sustainable Transport System (DaSTS) which sets out five goals for the UK
  transport system:

      •    Supporting economic growth;
      •    Tackling climate change;
      •    Contributing to better safety, security and health;
      •    Promoting equality of opportunity; and
      •    Improving quality of life and a healthy natural environment.

  DfT expects to make progress against all five of these goals, but are aware that there can be tensions between them. In
  particular, supporting economic growth while reducing greenhouse gas emissions is likely to be the most challenging to
  deliver in parallel, at least in the short term. That said, it is expected that there will be a strong synergy between different
  goals and there is no reason why emissions cannot be tackled and continued economic growth achieved. More detail on
  DaSTS is available on the DfT website at:

  The Scope of GCDA’s Business

  Government Cars and Government Mail are the government’s own services for moving people and documents safely and
  reliably throughout the UK. We exist to help government departments and the wider public sector achieve efficiency and
  savings by providing these services direct.

                                                   HM Government
                                                   UK Sustainable Development: Guiding Principles
4. Principles of Sustainable
Development: Monitoring, Evaluation,

                                                                Living Within                                            Ensuring a Strong, Healthy
Our operation in respect of the
environment is monitored continually by                      Environmental Limits                                            and Just Society
means of our accreditation to ISO 14001                     Respecting the limits of the plant’s
                                                                                                                             Meeting the diverse needs of all
and by way of our targets agreed with the                      environment, resources and
                                                                                                                              people in existing and future
Secretary of State for Transport.                              biodiversity – to improve our
                                                                                                                            communities, promoting personal
                                                             environment and ensure that the
                                                                                                                             wellbeing, social cohesion and
                                                           natural resources needed for life are
                                                                                                                              inclusion, and creating equal
We are committed to the principles of                      unimpaired and remain so for future
                                                                                                                                    opportunity for all.
Sustainable Development. We will ensure                                generations.
that staff remain aware of the need to
reflect sustainable development principles
in decision-making.

Responsibility for managing the SDAP          Achieving a Sustainable                                                                          Using Sound Science
process within GCDA lies with its                    Economy                                       Promoting Good
Sustainable Development Management                                                                   Governance                                    Responsibly
                                                  Building a strong, stable and
                                                                                                                                              Ensuring policy is developed and
Team. Overall responsibility for the          sustainable economy which provides               Actively promoting effective,
                                                                                                                                             implemented on the basis of strong
implementation, monitoring and review of       prosperity and opportunities for all,     participative systems of governance in
                                                                                                                                            scientific evidence, whilst taking into
the SDAP is held by the SDMT.                and in which environmental and social           all levels of society – engaging
                                                                                                                                           account scientific uncertainty (through
                                              costs fall on those who impose them            people’s creativity, energy and
                                                                                                                                           the precautionary principle) as well as
                                             (polluter pays), and efficient resource                     diversity.
The Services Manager manages and                                                                                                                 public attitudes and values.
                                                        use is incentivised.
reports environmental performance data to
DfT under the Framework for Sustainable
Operations in the Government Estate                                                                    ‘Securing the Future’: The UK Government Sustainable Development Strategy (Cm 6467),
                                                                                                                                                                       DEFRA March 2005

5. Our Commitments                                          Coordination through a Sustainable Development
 The GCDA is already within striking distance of the
                                                            In November 2008 GCDA developed a Sustainable
 government's own target of a maximum of 130 g/km
                                                            Development Management Team. The Chief Executive
 CO2 average tailpipe emissions by 2012 – it already
                                                            also attends this meeting which is scheduled every
 achieves this target on all newly purchased cars.
                                                            month. The team discusses initiatives to develop
                                                            sustainability across the Agency. The team is also
 The cars we use for the Green Cars service, a taxi style   working towards ensuring knowledge and skills are
 service for public sector employees, have the lowest       embedded to allow the principles of sustainable
 recorded emissions of CO2 in their class, as shown in      development to be applied as standard practice.
 the VCA’s official ‘New Car Fuel Consumption &
 Emissions Figures’ publication. This means that on a       When SD is fully implemented and integrated, GCDA
 20km (12.4 miles) journey our cars will produce 2kg of
 CO2, compared with 5.6kg produced by a typical diesel-
 engine cab.
                                                            •    consider the impacts on sustainability (i.e. on the
 We use hybrid electric/ petrol cars for our Green Cars          economy, society and the environment) in all of its
 service. Our cars significantly reduce the number of            decisions, according to the principles set by the
 harmful pollutants that have been shown to contribute to        UK SD strategy;
 poor air quality. Our cars are recognised by Transport     •    take action to prioritise and adjust, where
 for London and are currently exempt from the                    possible, its activities in order to mitigate adverse
 Congestion Charge.                                              impacts on sustainability;
                                                            •    demonstrate full accountability for the adverse
                                                                 impacts on sustainability that cannot be prevented
                                                                 due to the nature of its business, and take action
                                                                 to counterbalance these by implementing
                                                                 improvements in other areas;
                                                            •    seek to utilise its position and influence to
                                                                 safeguard and positively develop at-risk aspects
                                                                 of the economy, society and the environment
                                                                 wherever possible.

6. Staff Engagement and Awareness

  GCDA plans to implement a campaign titled ‘Emission Mission’ to be published within our website providing
  guidance, advice and awareness to our staff on how they can make an impact and help reduce their carbon footprint
  in the workplace, it sends a message of ‘every little counts’ by:

  •Reducing Energy Consumption
  •Switching on to ‘Switching off’
  •Increasing recycling
  •Encouraging sustainable Travel

  We hope to report on the progress of this campaign in the next reporting period. Additionally, we aim to develop the
  09/10 Action plan with the contribution of our industrial/non-management staff members.

  GCDA are committed to further raise awareness among our staff through specific training,
  performance information, and publication of this document; by promoting our ISO 14001 environmental management
  systems to pursue sustainability and continual improvement.

7. Sustainable Procurement

  GCDA will continue to play an active part in DfT’s
  Sustainable Procurement Action Plan, which aims to
  embed and implement sustainable procurement practices
  throughout the DfT family by December 2009. GCDA’s
  capability and performance is measured (with independent
  assessment) through the Flexible Framework, a ‘toolkit’
  designed to benchmark an organisation’s sustainable
  procurement capability.

  Already, GCDA has included within its new Government
  Cars’ sub-contractor tender a requirement which actively
  encourages suppliers to follow our lead in introducing
  alternatively fuelled, low carbon vehicles to their executive
  car fleets. Our London based ‘Green Car’ supplier’s
  contracts have included a requirement for alternatively
  fuelled vehicles since its establishment in 2003.

  Elsewhere, the Agency is being encouraged to source
  goods and services (where available) through OGC buying
  solutions frameworks. In-house procurement workshops
  have started to increase awareness about sustainable
  procurement practices amongst non-procurement staff.

8. A Success Story and the winner is …

 Last year we reported that we were runners up for the
 Green Fleet Awards.

 GCDA are proud to announce that we won the following

    • Green Fleet Awards – Public Sector Fleet Manager
      Of the Year 2008
    • Green Fleet Awards – Public Sector Fleet Of the Year
    • Energy Saving Trust – Fleet Hero Awards 2008 –
      Smarter Driving

 GCDA were Runners Up for the Energy Saving Trust
 awards for ‘Industry Leadership’.

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