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Public sector sustainability: the big opportunity

It's a pivotal moment for public sector sustainability. Those who are exploring new approaches stand to reap the rewards, while steering change across all sectors of the UK economy.

We have partnered with edie to publish The State of Sustainability in the Public Sector  sector insight.

Radical new vision

This report explains the drivers, challenges and opportunities to transform practices and create a public sector sustainable business model of the future. 

From energy efficiency and resilience, to improving air quality and managing climate change and resource scarcity, the document presents a vision for a radical new approach to sustainability.

Continuing the success story

The public sector has reduced its emissions by 40% since 1990, but there's still massive scope for further improvement. This need is reinforced by a raft of national and global policies and regulations, which are outlined in the report.

More than compliance

But the need to improve sustainability is not just driven by compliance. Centrica's many projects with councils, hospitals, schools, universities and other public sector organisations demonstrates the potential cost and environmental savings of taking a smarter, joined-up approach to energy management using decentralised assets.

Translating challenges into opportunities

There are many more examples of how organisations are turning conventional thinking on its head to transform sustainability challenges into opportunities. Potential barriers of risk and lack of capital can be relieved by tapping into funding streams and collaborating with private sector partners to take a shared approach to project delivery.

As austerity intensifies, the public sector has an opportunity to find creative new ways of approaching sustainability. This can deliver real value and lead the way for other sectors to follow, while relieving squeezed budgets.

Find out what the future holds. Download the edie sector insight report: The State of Sustainability in the Private Sector.