Posts tagged: "Environmental sustainability"
Posted on February 16, 2018 by Sian Jones
Life-saving drugs, step-changes in energy efficiency, robots and amazing new materials that can transform our lives – these, and many scientific advances, are all the result of research and development (R&D). The UK funds £31.6 billion of R&D a year, and its success depends frequently on collaboration between a wide range of government departments, and with research councils, university bodies, businesses, charities and international organisations. As we look at the fascinating world of R&D, we can also learn much for all types of cross-government collaboration and coordination. more… Cross-government collaboration: lessons from R&D
Tagged: Accountability, Brexit, Climate change, Cross-government, Digital transformation, Environmental sustainability, Good practice principles, Growth, Impacts, Information management, International, Leadership, Overseas aid, Process management, Project management, Research & development, Third sector, Universities
Posted on November 28, 2016 by Richard Davis
Government aims to achieve its Business Impact Target by cutting £10 billion from businesses’ regulatory costs. Do businesses notice any difference? Are departments too bogged down with the bureaucracy resulting from the government’s complex accounting rules to be effective deregulators? Is the government’s focus on business costs at the expense of consumer and environmental protection? With claims of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ accounting from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), there’s a need for transparency, evaluation and better prioritisation. more… Regulation through the looking glass
Posted on July 14, 2016 by Tom Glithero
It’s tempting to think someone else is dealing with environmental concerns: charities, perhaps, or the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. But we all have a role to play, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the Department for Transport (DfT), the subject of the NAO’s latest interactive Sustainability Overview. Public and private organisations, alike, can apply the good practice criteria we used to review DfT to understand their sustainability strengths and weaknesses. more… Driving sustainability: how to check your speed
Tagged: Accountability, Business operations, Climate change, Contract management, Environmental Audit Committee, Environmental sustainability, Good practice principles, Performance management, Process management
Posted on April 20, 2016 by Simon Bittlestone
The problem’s identified; the policy-fix is designed; but then the public doesn’t respond as expected. It’s an old story, and not unique to the public sector. But the consequences of inadequate consumer understanding and lack of early-warning signs can be costly – as our recent report, Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation, shows.
Posted on March 11, 2016 by Kate Mathers
The end is nigh – of the financial year, that is. So it’s the perfect time to inspire you by sharing some great examples of public sector corporate reports. Building Public Trust Awards: Examples of good practice in annual reports, 2015, profiles a wide range of examples from last year’s reports, across categories such as: strategy, measures of success, operations and people factors. more… Great ideas for annual reports
Posted on December 17, 2015 by Katy Losse
We at the NAO aren’t environmental scientists, but we can still play an important role in debates about government’s environmental progress. Recently, Amyas Morse, Comptroller and Auditor General, spoke at the Environmental Audit Committee’s conference on sustainable development. We were pleased that his input was appreciated by delegates and Committee members.