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Environment & Procurement

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On this page you will find our Corporate Procurement Strategy, which includes information about our objectives and targets in areas that have a major impact on the procurement process, a main concern of which is Green or Sustainable Procurement. This is an area which is rapidly rising on the Government's agenda for all public sector organisations, including local authorities, and we are keen to work with suppliers and contractors who can implement these objectives and targets.

We are committed to using the resources entrusted to us to ensure best value for money at the least possible cost to the environment. As part of this commitment to the environment, our procurement policy will, wherever practicable, focus on:

  • specifying less environmentally damaging products
  • promoting greater use of renewable sources
  • encouraging suppliers to use environmentally friendly practices throughout the supply chain.

When applying for certain council contracts, you may be requested to supply evidence of your practices and procedures and their positive impact on the environment.

We will not purchase products containing substances named in Annex XVII of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) if an alternative product or method is available.

The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) holds information about substances restricted under REACH.

If the specifier, supplier or contractor considers an alternative product or method is not a viable alternative then they must seek approval for its use from the relevant officer within the council and provide supporting evidence that it does not breach any of the restriction conditions under REACH associated with use of the substance.

Any tropical hardwoods purchased for council works should be independently certified as coming from a sustainably managed forest. Examples of certification schemes include those operated by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), International Standards Organisation (ISO) and African Timber Organisation. Dust arising from machining of some tropical hardwoods has been identified as a potential carcinogen and should not be specified where less hazardous substitutes exist.

Substitutes for peat and peat-based products for horticultural purposes should be specified in order to protect peatland habitats.

There are three types of asbestos which are known to have been imported for use in the United Kingdom - White, Blue and Brown, all are prohibited in the United Kingdom.