Good purchasing decisions achieve value for money and take into account sustainability factors
Everything we buy has a lifecycle. For example a kettle may have a cheaper upfront cost but cost more over its life time through higher energy costs.
Only by making informed purchasing decisions can we have a positive impact on the environment. These decisions are made across the University by staff every day.
The Environmental Sustainability team works closely with the Finance Division’s Purchasing team. You can view the Sustainable Procurement Strategy here or to the side.
What are we doing?
We actively encourage staff to build sustainable and life-cycle considerations into every purchasing decision. We want to ensure that everyone involved in procuring goods and services across the University routinely considers how we can:
- enhance and protect our shared environment
- contribute to the health and well-being of society
- build a sustainable economy through our procurement decisions.
Our six procurement priorities are to:
- optimise the use of natural resources
- manage waste in the supply chain effectively
- manage the delivery of goods and services effectively
- support the management of our carbon impact
- work with suppliers and departments to raise awareness of sustainability
- ensure that ethical considerations and a living wage are considered.
Many of the University’s preferred suppliers take back their packaging and recyclable waste, and some suppliers also have green products and other sustainability services. You can find information about these initiatives here: Sustainability services preferred suppliers
Other areas of focus
Join in Green Impact, an accreditation scheme which provides simple ways for staff and students to improve the sustainable practices of their department or college.
It includes a section on purchasing and encourages departments to consider Fairtrade and recycled choices. Visit Green Impact.
Avoid unnecessary waste. If you're thinking about purchasing a new product for yourself or your department first ask yourself: is it really needed or could you reuse or mend? Think about the life cycle of the product and apply the Sustainable Procurement Strategy.Then encourage others to do the same!
If you work or study at the University, you can access training for an Introduction to Purchasing. This includes a section on sustainability. Visit the University Purchasing website.