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New taskforce to identify green practices

A new business taskforce has been formed to identify was in which companies can move to greener practices.

The UK Business Taskforce on Sustainable Consumption and Production will look for practical ways in which businesses can minimise the negative impacts of products and services throughout the whole of their life.

Due to meet for the first time on March 14, their work will be central to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (Defra’s) aim of fostering more sustainable patterns of consumption and production while increasing efficiency and competitiveness.

In welcoming its formation, environment minister Elliot Morley said: “Moving to more sustainable consumption and production practices is one of the major challenges we face.

“We need a major shift to deliver new products and services with lower environmental impacts across the whole of their life, as well as new business models which meet this challenge while boosting competitiveness.”

At the invitation of Defra and the Department of Trade and Industry, the Taskforce has been convened by Business in the Community, the Business Council for Sustainable Development and the University of Cambridge’s Business and the Environment Programme.

Guidance will be given by the Small Business Consortium and the Sustainable Development Commission, while Johnson Matthey chief executive Neil Carson will chair the taskforce steering group.

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