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  • FuturoFirma Sustainability
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  • 3 Wellington Park
  • Malone Road
  • Belfast, Northern Ireland
    BT9 6DJ
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  • Tel: +44 (0)28 9092 3305
    Fax: +44 (0)28 9092 3334
  • info@futurofirma.com

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Public Sector Bodies

A sustainable approach is key to meeting your statutory duty

 

The integration of sustainability principles into operations, service delivery, procurement, estate management, etc., can help public sector organisations minimise operational costs, provide local leadership on sustainability, improve efficiency and demonstrate compliance with the statutory requirement to contribute to sustainability.

 

There are a number of drivers for a sustainable approach in the NI public sector context. These include the following:

 

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Increasing energy and resource costs: The public sector is not immune to the cost increases that are affecting the wider economy, and the resulting strains that this puts on budgets. With its emphasis on efficiency, a sustainable approach can reduce public sector resource consumption and costs, e.g., energy, office products, etc., which can free up expenditure for important programmes associated with the council or department’s remit.

 

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The statutory duty to contribute to sustainable development: Section 25 of the Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2006 places a statutory duty on Public Authorities in Northern Ireland to ‘…contribute to sustainable development”. Similarly, Northern Ireland’s Sustainable Development strategy – First Step Towards Sustainability, sets a requirement for NI Government Departments to develop Sustainable Development Action Plans, with appropriate monitoring frameworks to assess progress.

 

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Expectations from an increasingly aware Public: Members of the public now understand and appreciate the various issues associated with sustainability and expect Public Bodies to demonstrate that they are delivering services in a way that is efficient
and sustainable.

 

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Provision of local leadership on sustainability issues: By demonstrating themselves to be sustainable, public sector organisation can provide local leadership and exemplars of good practice for their communities, which can in turn positively influence behaviours, consumption patterns, etc., and facilitate delivery of the public body’s objectives.

 

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FuturoFirma can help public sector organisations devise and implement robust sustainable development action plans, complemented by credible monitoring frameworks for managing progress and reporting sustainability performance to stakeholders. In particular:

 

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We work with public bodies to identify and prioritise key sustainability challenges in their organisations and in their wider service areas, and help them develop approaches for
addressing them.

 

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We help public bodies implement robust monitoring frameworks that enable them to assess progress against their sustainable development action plans and other key sustainability targets, and to report sustainability performance to stakeholders.