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ANNUAL REPORT ON ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

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The executive's third annual report, Sustaining Our Working Environment, assessing the work done to improve the Sco...
The executive's third annual report, Sustaining Our Working Environment, assessing the work done to improve the Scottish government's environmental performance is published today.

It shows that the executive continues to make good progress in greening its operations, minister for finance and public services Andy Kerr said.

The report shows:

* 58 per cent of office waste currently being recycled, an increase on the previous year's figure of 44 per cent

* 80 per cent of the executive core vehicle fleet now use alternative fuel, an increase on the 2001/02 figure of 70 per cent

* 92 per cent of the paper used for daily use is produced from 100 per cent recycled material, an increase from the previous year's figure of 88 per cent

* water consumption per person has reduced to 8.49m3 from the 2001/02 figure of 10.17m3

Mr Kerr said:

'Our partnership agreement makes the executive's commitment to the environment clear. We want a Scotland that delivers sustainable development, that puts environmental concerns at the heart of public policy and secures environmental justice for all of Scotland's communities.

'It is important that the executive leads the way. This report is important because it demonstrates we are making good progress in the workplace towards meeting our own sustainable development targets.

'We can only do this thanks to the hard work of people at the frontline. The buy-in from executive staff has been extremely important and it is they who deserve the credit for us continuing to make good progress in greening the organisation.'

Ross Finnie, minister for environment and rural development, said:

'Through leading by example, the executive is demonstrating that other public and private sector organisations can also make a positive contribution to a better environment.

'In order to ensure that we continue to improve our performance and further develop our work on greening operations during the coming months, the executive h as introduced a challenging set of revised targets to be met in 2003/04 and beyond.'

The report outlines the executive's targets to reduce the adverse environmental impacts of its own operations, progress towards achieving them and towards achieving the wider goal of sustainable development.

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