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London organisations divert enough waste to fill 8 Royal Albert Halls
The results of the 2009 Mayor of London's Green Procurement Code awards reveal that, despite the difficult economic climate, organisations in the capital are continuing to put sustainability at the top of their agenda.
Graham Randles, Programme Manager of the Mayor of London's Green Procurement Code, revealed that the combined purchases of London organisations signed up to the Green Procurement Code diverted 118,641 tonnes of waste from landfill - enough to fill the Royal Albert Hall 8 times over. This represents a saving of 56,220 tonnes of CO2.
In the most comprehensive review of its kind, 183 signatories to the Mayor of London's Green Procurement Code submitted detailed information on their green procurement activities over the last year. The environmental savings recorded show that London organisations are continuing to sit up and take notice of environmental issues and are ready and willing to act to reduce their own impact on the earth's resources.
The results of the survey also indicate that green procurement can benefit the economy as well as the environment. Members of the Mayor of London's Green Procurement Code purchased from over 680 suppliers, creating an estimated 831 jobs. The total amount spent on sustainable procurement was in excess of £436 million - up by 42.5% against the previous year.
Richard Barnes, Deputy Mayor of London who spoke at the Awards Ceremony said: 'I am delighted to be able to celebrate the achievements of the all organistions signed up to the Mayor's Green Procurement Code. Not only are they reducing their impact on the environment but they are saving themselves money at the same time.'
The award ceremony on 26 October gave signatories the chance to celebrate their achievements in the impressive surroundings of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Awards were presented to individual organisations that excelled in one of 5 key categories (People; Policy, strategy and communication; Procurement process; Engaging suppliers; Measurement and results). The following organisations were recognised for their efforts; Mapeley Estates, Metropolitan Police Service, London Fire Brigade, London Borough of Lambeth and Transport for London. In addition, sustainable development charity, Forum for the Future, walked away with the award for Best performing SME - a new award for 2009 to recognise the efforts of smaller organisations signed up to the Code.
Graham Randles praised the efforts of signatories who took part in this year's review "Over the last year, the purchasing habits of Mayor of London's Green Procurement Code signatories have resulted in significant environmental savings and are playing a vital part in helping London to meet its target to reduce carbon emissions by 60% by 2025. I hope that these achievements will inspire others to embrace their environmental responsibilities and turn today's best practice into tomorrow's standard."
For further media information please contact Jodi Lloyd at London Remade on 020 7061 6355 or email email@example.com
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