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esearch carried out by Loudhouse on behalf of Kyocera Mita UK Ltd has shown that despite 71% of organisations stating that they have a green procurement policy, only 1 in 4 procurement managers would reject a potential supplier based on failure to meet green criteria. The survey also showed that while 75% of organisations ask questions about a supplier’s environmental credentials at the tender stage, only 18% carry out subsequent audits on suppliers following the award of a tender. Unsurprisingly, cost reduction remains the highest priority for 89% of procurement managers, with only 52% reporting a similar level of concern for environmental issues.

Commenting on the findings, Tracey Rawling Church, Director of Brand and Reputation at Kyocera Mita said: “There seems to be a disconnect between policy and the day-to-day reality of purchasing. In my experience, procurement managers are targeted and rewarded on the basis of the cost savings that they achieve, so it’s not surprising that focus drifts away from a supplier’s environmental credentials.”

82% of respondents felt that waste reduction would be the primary benefit of taking environmental issues into account when selecting goods and services, while 80% believed that energy efficiency would improve. Only 46%

anticipated that there would be lower costs. “There still seems to be the perception that higher environmental performance automatically comes with a higher price tag,” says Tracey. “In fact, in many cases, a more environmentally sensitive solution is cost-neutral at the point of purchase and often offers lower whole-life costs. Procurement managers could achieve cost and environmental targets by paying attention to the long term efficiency and environmental benefits of products.” When asked specifically about the procurement of printers and copiers, 76% of respondents’ primary concern was that the supplier in question offered a consumables return service, while 73% rated high environmental manufacturing standards as important or very important. Procurement managers also showed a higher level of general environmental concern than the average office worker, with on around 20% higher concern over issues such as climate change, waste disposal and pollution. Tracey concludes: “It is clear that environmental considerations are embedded in the psyche of procurement managers, but it seems that purchasing processes are not aligned with the potential savings that green procurement can deliver.”

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LONDON UNIVERSITY PURCHASING CONSORTIUM VINCI Facilities has been appointed as a service provider onto the London University Purchasing Consortium (LUPC) framework for Mechanical, Electrical and Fabric maintenance and the provision of a ‘one stop shop’ service.

VINCI Facilities is the only contractor to have been appointed in all three categories of maintenance. The appointment is for a three-year period with a one- year extension option. The list of members eligible to use the framework is extensive and covers over 50 organisations including London and area Colleges and Universities, Natural


History Museum, Goldsmiths College, the British Film Institute, Kew Gardens and the Royal College of Surgeons.

Commenting on their appointment, Tony Raikes, Managing Director, VINCI Facilities said;, “We are delighted to have been appointed onto the framework and wish to share our latest ideas and innovations with potential member

organisations to help reduce their operating costs and meet their carbon reduction targets by smarter maintenance regimes.”

MAKING LIGHT OF IT The first new lighting columns have been installed in the borough as a major project to replace and upgrade old street lighting across Rochdale


and Oldham continues. Residents of Langley, Middleton will be the first to benefit, with new columns now being erected throughout the area.

This joint Private Finance Initiative (PFI) project between Rochdale Borough Council, Oldham Council and energy company E.ON will see thousands of street lights, signs, beacons, bollards and sub way lighting replaced by 2016, providing a safer environment and a more energy efficient lighting system.

The programme is being

co-ordinated from the councils’ and energy company E.ON’s new base on the Kingsway Business Park in Rochdale.

The new columns you’ll start to see on the streets won’t look much different to

the ones you’re used to, but it’s the technology being used that makes the difference. They’ll save costs as well as carbon with innovations such as high tech remote monitoring which allows the lights to be dimmed at off- peak periods. Having to report a faulty street light will be a thing of the past too – the system will be able to monitor the energy consumption of the lights, highlighting any potential problems so they can be attended to.

It will lead to a safer and lighter environment, utilising the latest in energy efficient equipment said Greg Watson PFI Manager from E.ON Energy, a partner of the Community Lighting Partnership who are undertaking the work: “It’s a great sight to see the new

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