Good practice

Greener or more sustainable procurement principles can reduce the environmental impact of the goods you purchase and could reduce your costs.

The main theme of green procurement is to consider the life cycle of products as a whole, not just their purchase price. This includes thinking about the:

  • materials used in manufacture
  • methods of production and embedded energy
  • energy use of the product over its life span
  • eventual disposal costs and environmental impacts
  • potential for re-use or recycling.

You can apply the same principles to a range of goods which are commonly used in the education sector.

Consider using supplies of foodstuff from local suppliers and developing a sustainable food procurement policy.

Further information

General links

EAUC has created a Responsible Procurement Group which is open to all organisations in the Higher or Further Education sectors. 

find out more at: EAUC and HEPA Responsible Procurement Group

Construction and buildings links

Sustainable food procurement links

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