Why sustainability is more important than ever
Sustainability: a key factor that most organisations in today's society strive to achieve. But why is it so important? Why should you care? And why should you be working with suppliers that are certified to British standards for sustainability? Stone Group's Martin Ruston investigates.
Heathrow Airport sets its sights on closed loop procurement
Heathrow Airport has undertaken its first in-depth waste audit to gather more robust data on arisings in a bid to drive more sustainable procurement throughout its operations.
EXCLUSIVE: Mainstream business must 'deepen' sustainability thinking
To protect the planet from environmental devastation it is vital that there is an "embedding and deepening" of sustainability thinking into mainstream businesses, says HW Fisher's Jae Mather.
Free online toolkit aims to cut costs through greener procurement
Sustainability practitioners seeking ways to save money through smarter procurement of goods and services can now draw on a new online resource.
Sustainable procurement and future-proofing supply chains
Sustainability continues to be a hot topic in the news today, but the concept is not new to procurement and supply management professionals, says Paula Gildert.
WRAP in talks with Defra to develop energy from waste guidance
WRAP confirmed today (November 15) it is in talks with Defra to draw up new guidance on energy from waste, as part of a key commitment under the Government's Waste Review.
How the Met is policing its waste arisings
The Metropolitan Police is the UK's biggest police force and a leader when it comes to delivering arresting recovery operations, as Maxine Perella finds out
Small waste firms could benefit from £950m MoD contract
Regional and local waste companies are being urged to get involved with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation's (DIO) £950m estates and facilities management contract for its new National Training Estate Prime.
VIDEO: UK supply chains risk resource scarcity unless they invest
The UK must invest in resource management and sustainable procurement if it is to avoid resource scarcity, according to an industry expert.
Localism versus planning: uneasy bedfellows?
In the context of the Localism agenda, will the Waste Review do enough to secure the delivery of future infrastructure? Rebecca Eatwell attempts to find out
Waste firm bags billion pound contract
Waste industry giant Veolia is celebrating winning a contract worth around a billion pounds.
How to avoid a procurement headache
The changing face of waste management procurement is creating some major headaches for local authority officers. Bob Read and Adam Read offer a tonic to ease the pain
Environmental benefits through regeneration
New guidance was launched yesterday (November 3) with the aim of making the Thames Gateway the UK's first ever eco-region.
Essex to get £100m waste investment
The Government has poured more than £100m worth of funding into overhauling Essex's waste infrastructure.
Supply chain reaction
Four years ago the government set itself the target of becoming one of the EU's leaders in sustainable procurement by 2009. With the help of the environmental consultancy firm ADAS UK, it has made progress. Here the firm's Richard Laverick reveals the insider's view - and how being involved energised the company
Construction mandarin will focus on sustainable building
The British Government is creating a new position for an expert advisor who will help to promote innovation and sustainability in the building industry.
It just got easier to go green in London
Companies wanting to reduce the environmental impact of their purchasing decisions can now tap into a new online resource.
Model aims to keep each link in the chain strong
Reducing carbon emissions has become an integral part of corporate thinking, but keeping suppliers onside can be difficult. Paul McNeillis and Frances Darton take a look at a programme that offers a practical solution for both buyers and suppliers.
Top Ten Tips to Carbon Accounting - by Parsons Brinckerhoff
Abigail Frost suggests ten measures for achieving carbon reductions in line with the incoming Carbon Reduction Commitment scheme
EIC: Govt should lead on sustainability
Government should act now to improve its leadership on sustainable buildings and procurement, a leading environmental trade association has said.
£3.4m deal to power clean buses
News in brief
How the budget will impact on environmental sector
The Environmental Industries Commission has compiled a thorough analysis of how member companies are likely to be affected by Alistair Darling's first budget.
The 2016 carbon-neutral challenge set by the government is a significant one for business. But, with the public becoming increasingly aware of sustainability issues, it is also a financial opportunity for construction firms, merchants and manufacturers, writes Kevin Stanley
Medical equipment gets thorough physical
Designers of electrical medical equipment now must adhere to a new standard, ensuring eco-design principles are maintained. Where did it come from and what will it demand of the medical industry?
Dr Aidan Turnbull
AFM prove effective alternative to sand
Research shows active filter media (AFM) provide a more effective barrier to the spread of disease than sand. Howard Dryden of Dryden Aqua explains
Scottish councils told to buy local
Scottish local authorities and caterers who provide food for schools, hospitals and other public sector sites have been asked to support the country's food industry by buying more local produce.
Government pledges to build green
Green building is at the heart of Government plans for a more sustainable public sector.
London fire brigade leads climate change fight
The London Fire Brigade was rewarded for its efforts to fight climate change as it came top in the Sustainable City Awards, scooping the main trophy as well as the sustainable procurement award.
Turning up the heat on British business
Achieving environmental best practice in a company's supply chain can have a very positive impact on profits, says Caroline Brown
Scottish institutions set green procurement targets
The Scottish Executive has written to all public bodies north of the border calling on them to set specific targets for levels of recycled content used in the paper they order and construction projects they commission.
Business cuts carbon by buying recycled
Organisations which have signed up to Ken Livingstone's Green Procurement Code have made significant reductions in waste arisings and carbon emissions over the past year.
Government must take lead on procurement
Industry and the public sector are waiting with bated breath for central Government to formally announce its plans for sustainable procurement, according to the man who headed up an initiative to draw up an action plan for Whitehall last year.
Public reality check
Despite a wealth of opportunity - and business benefits to be had - large public-sector building projects are failing in their energy efficiency, argues Merlin Hyman
Liveable Cities go Sustainable
The City of London's prestigious Liveable City Awards have changed their name, launched new categories to reward SMEs and sustainable building and lined up high profile speakers to present them.
The Sustainable Procurement Task Force has recently delivered its action plan to government. Here, it's chair, Sir Neville Simms, discusses his ideas for mainstreaming sustainable procurement
'Unsustainable' facelift for Nelson's Column prompts procurement rethink
The revelation that the plywood surrounding Nelson's Column in London's iconic Trafalgar Square as it undergoes renovations can be traced back to illegal logging in a tropical rain forest has prompted the city's mayor to rethink procurement procedures.
A better forecast for costs
It is now more than a year since British Water established its Business Best Practice Panel (B2P2).
At the outset, a number of issues were identified by British Water members as important. Working groups were established to investigate these issues and provide guidance. Working groups include representation from water companies, contractors, suppliers and consultants. The objective of each working group is:
- Analyse the issues and establish best practice
- Provide guidance
- Deliver a tangible output
Sustainable procurement is an opportunity for a higher-quality product which is cheaper yet improves profitability for the supply chain, writes Jonathan Rogers
Boost for innovators as Government sets sights on green procurement
If the UK has any hope of becoming truly sustainable the Government will have to set a good example.
400th signatory joins closed loop recycling project
The 400th company to dedicate their business to raising recycling rates and operating in a more sustainable way has now signed up to the Mayor's Green Procurement Code.
Dr Clare Poulter, deputy chief executive of OGCbuying.solutions and chair of the Cross Government Sustainable Procurement Group explains government procurement policy
Why isn't everyone buying recycled?
With mounting pressure on organisations to adopt a more sustainable approach to procurement, there has never been a better time to consider products with a recycled content. Peter Skelton of the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) highlights one particular recycled material and explains why the organisation believes it has the potential to shape future purchasing decisions in a number of industries.
Government strengthens efforts to ensure procurement of sustainable timber
Environment Minister Elliot Morley announced steps to strengthen Government efforts to buy legally harvested timber from sustainably-managed forests, this week.
Brussels calls on EU to adopt sustainable procurement
The message to "buy green" is being sent out clearly to Member States from Brussels in a new handbook for public authorities and institutions such as hospitals and schools.
TENDER NOTICE: Procurement of research into reusable packaging within the retail sector for the Waste Minimisation Innovation Fund
WRAP (the Waste & Resources Action Programme) wishes to invite proposals for projects which offer a direct and significant impact upon minimising household food and packaging waste originating from the retail sector, through innovative uses and applications of reusable packaging.
Government to lead in green procurement
A resounding call for the public sector to "buy green" was issued this week by Environment Minister Elliot Morley as he announced stricter sustainable purchasing targets.
TENDER NOTICE: Procurement of Research Projects to Deliver a Reduction in Household Waste Originating From the Retail Sector
Closing Date: 19th November 2004
WRAP wishes to invite proposals for projects within identified product categories which offer a direct and significant impact upon minimising household food and packaging waste originating from the retail sector, those categories being:
Handbook on green public procurement for local authorities published
The European Commission has published a handbook on green public procurement explaining how public purchasers, such as schools, hospitals and national and local administrations, can take the environment into account when buying goods, services and works.
Chain of demand
Ensuring that your company buys green need not be as complicated as it seems.
Lucy Glynn looks at why green procurement should be an essential business aim
Ensuring that your company buys green need not be as complicated as it seems.
Lucy Glynn looks at why green procurement should be an essential business aim
Engaging SME’s in Environmental Projects
Engaging businesses in environmental initiatives and projects is notoriously difficult. Granted individual projects nationwide may achieve high levels of participation but on the whole most projects involving SME’s struggle to gain business participation. George Padelopoulos, Acting Manager for SIEnA, a non-profit environmental business support service for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, outlines a research project into engaging SMEs from the Port of Southampton in waste management.
Boost for public green purchasing in Europe
European local authority associations have welcomed a European parliament and EU council of ministers deal on Tuesday finalising two directives governing public procurement contracts in the EU. The new laws could open the door to a significant increase in green purchasing of anything from office equipment to public transport vehicles to food.
Metropolitan Police win green procurement award
The Metropolitan Police have been found to be the Capital's greenest purchasers, with over £1 million spent on recycled content products last year.
Have you registered for IWEX 2003, 11-13 November, NEC, Birmingham yet?
News release: With over 15 free seminars to choose from, 17 new product demonstrations, the Cranfield University Conference Session, the IWEX Innovation Awards Evening, The Scottish Water Procurement Day and the IWO Drilling and Tapping Competition you can’t afford to miss it. Make sure that you register now to benefit from the free show guide (worth £5) and car parking (worth £6) when you arrive. Click on www.iwex.co.uk to register so that you receive your badge in advance and avoid the queues.
European Business Briefs: Public transport loan, solar cells, Monsanto pulls out, energy tax, European Investment Summit
The European Investment Bank has loaned €60 million to the Irish Government to improve public transport provision in the Greater Dublin region, for the Rail Procurement Agency (RPA). EIB funds will support the development of the first stage of the new LUAS light rail system for Dublin.
Letter from the Editor: rules, who’s obeying them, and who isn’t bothering
This week’s news includes the need for rules to protect oceans around North America. Rules around the world that are proving to be successful include those governing bathing water and solar power in Europe, whilst those being ignored may include the UK Government’s policy on procurement.
International Business Briefs: greenhouse gas advice, sustainable procurement, and mould testing
In this week’s International Business Briefs, advice for Japanese companies having to cut their greenhouse gas emissions; a new procurement policy designed to protect old-growth forests; and a new mould-testing package.
International Business Briefs: recycled paper, disposable plastic, gas detection, hazardous waste, and water management
In this week’s International Business Briefs, a major US stationery company announces an environmental paper procurement policy; disposable plastic packaging in Taiwan; a GPS option for wireless gas detectors; forest stewardship certificates for a Japanese firm; success for a Canadian water treatment equipment company; and recycling of tin and selenium.
Parliament and OECD decide to ‘green’ public procurement
The European Parliament has voted in two new public procurement directives intended to simplify current legislation, including an amendment requiring better inclusion of social and environmental criteria in the awarding procedures. OECD countries have also decided to lead the way in environmentally-friendly purchasing.
UK Government takes leading stance in tackling illegal logging worldwide
In a move which Greenpeace said would send shockwaves through the timber and construction industries, the UK Government has announced new ethical measures for the procurement of timber.