SMEs play a major role in the UK and have influence on purchasing power. Purchasing wisely can save materials and energy, reduces waste and pollution, and encourages sustainability. Opt only for goods and services that respect the environment and which make a contribution towards sustainable development.
Green procurement is wide ranging. Consider the purchase of energy efﬁcient computers and buildings. Ensure your ofﬁce equipment is made of environmentally sustainable timber, recyclable paper. Plan ahead for electric cars and encourage your staff to use environment friendly public transport. Promote organic and ethical food in canteens. Implement a Microgeneration Strategy to provide electricity from renewable energy sources. Install or replace air conditioning systems that comply with environmental legislation on energy efficiency.
Green purchasing will set you apart by the way you inﬂuence the move to a green economy. You can promote your green procurement to increase your profitability and the impact can be particularly signiﬁcant. The benefits are immediate especially if you consider the life-cycle costs of a contract. Green procurement allows you to save money and protect the environment at the same time.
Purchasing wisely can save materials and energy, reduce waste and pollution, and encourage sustainable patterns of behaviour