Headlines: October 26th, 2000

Central and local government are each set to make an annual saving of 30m pounds on water bills as a result of strategic initiative taken by the Office for Government Commerce. Central departments and local councils spend a total of 600m pounds on water bills, but this will fall over the next three years as a new database provides benchmarks and other data.The 250m pound contract for the database has been won by Energy Metering Technology who will use a web-based version of its monitoring and targeting software to establish benchmarks and target indicators on a monthly basis. Public sector bodies will then be able to input data online to see how they compare against the published benchmark and against other organisations in their specific building group.

The savings from this strategy will contribute to the 1 billion pound public sector annual procurement savings target which was given to the Office for Government Commerce when it was launched in April 2000. It is believed that the Office is developing strategies for procuring gas and electricity using the lever of bulk purchasing to drive prices down.