Speaking at a conference in London launching the publication, 'A Guide to the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme for UK Local Government', Mr Yeo said it is an important subject - a management process helpful to local authorities that are concerned with improving the quality of their local environment.
The Minister said: 'Local Authorities are responsible for a range of services which have an impact on the environment. They are also major consumers of resources, including energy, paper and water. It is therefore important that their environmental practices are an example to others.'
Mr Yeo said that the Eco-Management and Audit process can provide practical assistance to a local authority to: review its environmental impacts; adopt an improvement programme; identify resposibilities and procedures to ensure the programme is implemented and progress audited; and to publish independent verified statements of progress.
Also speaking at the conference, Josie Farrington, Vice Chair of the Executive Council of the Association of County Councils (ACC) and Vice Chair of the Local Government Management Board (LGMB) said: 'UK local government comes to this conference to welcome and recommend the adoption of this guidance, on the successful completion of the eco-audit project.
We welcome the spirit of partnership with the Department of the Environment and the Scottish Office, not only in the process of preparing the guidance, but also with a firm belief in the produce. We believe it will be a benchmark for many years to come.'