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Access the presentations of speakers at Sustainable Innovation 2011
Invited speakers presentations from Sustainable Innovation 2011 have now been uploaded to the Sustainable Innovation 2012 website.
Achieving Resource Efficiency
WRAP's web-based guidance on Waste Minimisation, Waste Management, Recycled Content and Regeneration.
All-new Procura+ Website
For public authorities that wish to take a lead in advancing sustainable procurement, the relaunched Procura+ Campaign website should be the first stop. Meet the 30 cities, regions and organisations that are among the most active in Europe in the field. Let the campaign support you in your work and use it as a means to promote your activities.
An inventory of carbon and energy (ICE)
Professor Geoff Hammond and Craig Jones from the Department of Mechanical Engineering (University of Bath) have been working on a database to determine the embodied energy and carbon of a large number of building materials. The database has been used to release an Inventory of Carbon & Energy (ICE). The Inventory of Carbon and Energy (ICE) is available for download here
Article 13 are strategic advisors on risk associated with business responsibility. We typically work in the areas of governance, CSR and sustainable development. We provide an independent perspective that challenges the robustness and fitness of your company's ability to deliver against future uncertainties.
BRE responsible sourcing
BRE Global has launched a new framework standard for the responsible sourcing of construction products - BRE Environmental and Sustainability Standard (BES) 6001: 2008
BuilderScrap.com is a free online builders' exchange for builders' surplus. It can be used to pass on leftover building supplies or materials and also find low cost or free building materials in your area. By using BuilderScrap to pass on and recycle unused materials, you can save on skip costs and reduce the construction waste that you are sending to landfill.
Building guide to sustainable construction regulations
The government is busy legislating to make contractors build eco-houses and homeowners improve existing stock. This guidance considers what regulations are already in place, and what may be coming up
Business to Business Ltd
Business to Business Exhibitions are the only UK based events company specialising in Meet the Buyers, Winning Business and Better People Better Business. Their events and activities are proven to save you months of research, travel, wasted meetings and cold calling - by bringing you 'face-to-face' with the very people you need to meet...
Buy Sustainable - Quick Wins
'Buy Sustainable - Quick Wins' are comprised of both a set of mandatory minimum standards at the market average level and best practice specifications. These best practice specifications are a new feature for 2008 and are more stretching than the mandatory minimum. They are voluntary for those procurers that wish to purchase the "best in class" products in certain areas.
Carbon Disclosure Project - Supply Chain Leadership Collaborations
The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is an independent not-for-profit organisation aiming to create a lasting relationship between shareholders and corporations regarding the implications for shareholder value and commercial operations presented by climate change. Its goal is to facilitate a dialogue, supported by quality information, from which a rational response to climate change will emerge.
Carbon Free Group
A group of professionals with expertise in all aspects of sustainable, 'cradle-to-cradle' design and construction. We look to collaborate with like minded professionals in delivering the best and most viable zero carbon solutions within the built environment.
Carbon Omissions: Consumption-based accounting for international carbon emissions
Andrew Brinkley and Dr Simon Less argue that the UK is expected to meet Kyoto target production of CO2 to 12.5% below 1990 levels only because emissions have been "off-shored" to countries like China (much of the carbon consumed in the UK is "embedded" in imported products). Excluding this, the UK is in reality consuming 30% more CO2 than it was in 1990, in contrast to the official Kyoto-based figures of a 3% fall in production between 1990 and 2006. He adds that, likewise, the EU, despite a claim that production rose 3% between 1990 and 2006, consumed 47% more, and the United States, against a claimed 17% rise, consumed 43%.
Carbon Reduction Label
Everything we buy, produce and use has a carbon footprint. The carbon footprint of a product or service is the total carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases emitted during its life, from its production to its final disposal.
The Carbon Reduction Label has been developed by the Carbon Trust, the UK's leading authority on carbon reduction, to help us understand the carbon footprints of the products and services we use.
CIPFA Performance Improvement Network
The CIPFA Performance Improvement Network (PIN) provides public sector practitioners with day-to-day practical support on the improvement agenda.
This website seeks to achieve waste reduction and improved resource productivity in the building and civil engineering sectors. It is aimed both at those who are able to influence company policy, design and procurement decisions and those who are responsible for procedures on site.
City of London Local Procurement
This website is designed to offer City-based businesses more information when considering the local impacts of their purchasing decisions.
Climate Change Northwest
Climate Change Northwest is the new regional website exploring the opportunities and challenges that a changing climate presents to England's Northwest. You can use the site to find out how you can help and assist your business , household or school to better understand and manage climate change.
Commissioning and Procurement
This content resource pulls together links to publications, guidance and good practice case studies relating to procurement and commissioning for different sectors
Defra greenhouse gas (GHG) conversion factors
These greenhouse gas conversion factors should be used alongside guidance on how to measure and report your greenhouse gas emissions to help you measure and report on the greenhouse emissions that your organisation is responsible for.
Defra public sector food procurement
Guidance and case studies from Defra's public sector food procurement initiative
Director magazine's sustainability website, featuring regularly updated sustainability news for business leaders
E.ON's Corporate Responsibility Report 2008
E.ON's 5th Corporate Social Responsibility report - published in May 2009
Envirowise offers UK businesses free, independent, confidential advice and support on practical ways to increase profits, minimise waste and reduce environmental impact...
Ethical Procurement for Health
The first national guidance on ethical procurement in healthcare
Information about the EU ecolabelling scheme
EU Green Public Procurement
Link to EU guidance on Green Public Procurement (GPP) including the GPP training toolkit and handbook on environmental public procurement
Forum for the Future
Forum for the future is a charity that works in partnership with business, the public sector and others to build a sustainable future...
Forward Commitment Procurement
Initially developed in partnership with the Office of Government Commerce to address the particular barriers to market faced by environmental innovations, the Forward Commitment Procurement (FCP) approach is also suitable for the procurement of innovative solutions in other markets, such as sustainable development, healthcare and construction.
Green Business Network
Green Business Network (GBN) is an independent, business-led, membership-based local environmental charity working with businesses, and related organisations in Bedfordshire, Luton, Milton Keynes and neighbouring areas.
Guardian Ethical Living Blog
Read the latest news and views on sustainability issues on the Guardian's Ethical Living Blog
Interesting information from the Guardian on their sustainability reporting
Handbook of Sustainable Procurement for schools
The Handbook of Sustainable Procurement is the leading educational resource for sustainable purchasing and has been compiled for all school purchasers and decision makers with an interest in sustainable development. Its purpose is to provide teachers and procurement staff with all the information and resources that they need to purchase sustainable products and services and thereby achieve their sustainable schools targets.
With performance-oriented action, campaigns, programmes and projects on selected strategic themes, ICLEI assists its local government members to accelerate sustainability in Europe.
Through the Learning Legacy project, the Olympic Delivery Authority is sharing the knowledge and the lessons learned from the construction of the Olympic Park, to help raise the bar within the sector and act as a showcase for UK plc.
London Remade is in the business of recycling, creating environmental solutions for a sustainable capital. This is achieved through developing markets for recycled content products, providing tailored support to help grow green enterprises and introducing green practices to existing businesses....
London Sustainability Exchange
London Sustainability Exchange provide organisations and networks of individuals with the motivation, knowledge, and connections they need to put sustainability into practice....
London Sustainable Development Commission
The London Sustainable Development Commission (LSDC) was established in 2002 to advise the Mayor of London on making the capital an exemplary sustainable city. The Commission is made up of individual experts who give their time voluntarily, promoting sustainable development, embedding sustainability into London wide strategies, and helping make sustainability a meaningful and understandable concept for all Londoners. The LSDC launched its 'London Leaders' programme in 2007, which brings together London's leading lights in sustainability to deliver change, and inspire others to do the same. Visit the LSDC website to download recent research and find out more about the London Leaders and their projects.
Low Carbon Industrial Strategy
The central hub for news on how the Government is working to deliver the transition to a low carbon future. This website provides up-to-date news from across Government on the action it is taking to put the UK onto a permanent low carbon footing, whilst simultaneously securing maximum economic benefit.
Low Carbon Vehicle Procurement Programme
Announced in the May 2007 Energy White Paper, the programme aims to accelerate the introduction of lower carbon technologies onto the UK vehicle market, with the ultimate objective of reducing overall carbon emissions from the vehicle fleet.
Managing Sustainable Value Chains
Learn how the concept of sustainable value chain management could enable your organisation to be more innovative and competitive
Market Transformation Programme
The Market Transformation Programme (MTP) supports the development and implementation of UK Government policy on sustainable products.
Mayor of London's Green Procurement Code
An information hub for businesses looking to reduce their environmental impact through responsible purchasing. Visitors can access the latest news and events listings, sustainable products and suppliers, the latest industry publications and best practice case studies. Signatories to the Green Procurement Code will benefit from a 'members-only' toolkit, which provides comprehensive information and advice on implementing green purchasing.
OGC food and drink procurement
Advice and guidance on sustainable food and drink procurement, including links to useful resources, news and events.
One Planet Products
One Planet Products (OPP) is a membership-only bulk buying initiative focused on making it easier and more cost-effective for housing associations and developers to specify high quality, sustainable building materials and products. OPP provides its members a mechanism through which they will be able to purchase environmental products, materials and services easier and more cost effectively....
Recycling and waste active network and special interest group
View the presentations from this event on Tuesday, 1 November 2011
Responsible procurement at E.ON
Discover how E.ON is embedding responsible procurement in its business practices
Responsible Purchasing Network
The Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN) is an international network of buyers dedicated to socially responsible and environmentally sustainable purchasing. Our membership program and consulting services provide institutional purchasers with cutting edge procurement tools and resources designed to save money, conserve resources, reduce waste, and improve efficiency.
Shaun McCarthy's blog- Commission for a Sustainable London 2012
Shaun McCarthy discusses his recent activities as Chair of the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 in his blog
SIMAP Gateway to European Public Procurement
The SIMAP portal provides access to the most important information about public procurement in Europe
Social Clauses Project: A Cabinet Office - Office of the Third Sector research project
Results of a Local Authority pilot project which aimed to consolidate knowledge on the existing use and best practice of social clauses; provide clarity on the merits of using social clauses and support good commissioning and procurement by producing user friendly materials to help decision makers.
Social Issues in Purchasing
Guidance from the OGC which looks at the different stages of the procurement process and how social issues can legitimately be incorporated in the purchasing cycle
Society for the Environment
The Society for the Environment is a leading independent, non-political umbrella organisation for environmental and sustainability professionals.
Stakeholder engagement at E:ON
Learn how E.ON have worked with Action Sustainability to consider the social impact of their supply chain for the wider community, through considerate purchasing
Supplier Diversity Europe
Supplier Diversity Europe aims to create an environment that provides under-represented small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) a free and fair opportunity to compete for private and public sector contracts.
Supplier Diversity Handbook
A summary of supplier diversity in Europe, including research and useful resources
Sustainable Building is a newsletter on energy efficiency and green building from Newzeye, the publisher of Brownfield Briefing
Sustainable Development Commission
The Government's independent watchdog on sustainable development
Sustainable Development in Government 2008
Government is starting to get to grips with its sustainable operations targets, with improvements on waste, water, and travel; but carbon emissions from offices are still not on track.
Sustainable Development Indicators 2009
The latest edition of the Sustainable Development Indicators in your pocket handbook.
Sustainable Procurement Information Network
SPIN is the first and only website dedicated to supporting local authorities in their efforts to procure sustainably, and provides a 'one-stop' website containing the very best information relating to the sustainable procurement agenda.
Sustainable Procurement Resource Centre
Bringing all the necessary information together in one place, the Sustainable Procurement Resource Centre is a one-stop access point for procurers, policy makers, researchers and other stakeholders. It contains key knowledge on how to effectively undertake sustainable procurement, saving public authorities money and driving the market towards environmentally and socially responsible solutions.
With all information available free of charge, the site has the latest news and events on sustainable procurement. Take advantage of networking opportunities, discover ongoing initiatives that you can participate in and tap into an extensive searchable database. Examples of what you will find include:
- Procurement criteria, policies and strategies
- Tools and guidance
- Good practice cases, studies and reports
The 2009 CSR Professional Services Directory
The 2009 CSR Professional Services Directory has now been published live online. The directory, which is produced by Ethical Performance and is free to use online, is the definite one-stop reference source to who's who among corporate responsibility service providers around the world, listing 553 providers under 57 categories.
The Green Source - A Guide to Sustainable Purchasing for the Hotel Industry
Download the Considerate Hoteliers Association's guide to sustainable procurement. This publication has already caught the eye of many blue chip and responsible companies both within the hotel industry and beyond.
The Procurement Exchange
The Procurement Exchange is Canada's first web-based, 'one stop shop' for jobs, insight and training. It can connect you to virtually any procurement-related service provider in Canada and beyond.
The Procurement Forum
Bringing the human dimension back into knowledge sharing, public authorities are invited to delve deeper into specific aspects of sustainable procurement in the Procurement Forum, a tailor-made online network for procurement professionals. In this social space, the opportunity to exchange and collaborate in focused groups is provided.
Triple Bottom Line accounting
The TBL2 tool from the Centre for Sustainability Accounting offers complete carbon footprint and triple bottom line accounting for companies and organisations, based on Nobel-Prize-winning, environmental input-output analysis. A full upstream scope 3 (supply chain) accounting of greenhouse gases of any organisation can easily be performed.
UK Climate Predictions 2009
The UK climate projections (UKCP09) provide information on how the UK's climate is likely to change in the 21st century, as it responds to rising levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
US Environmental Protection Agency Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
The EPA's Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) program was developed to help the federal government buy more sustainable products. The site has guidance and tools to help public and private purchasers to source green products and services.
An information hub on water footprinting from National Geographic
Waste & Resources Action Programme aims to accelerate resource efficiency by creating efficient markets for recycled materials and products, while removing barriers to waste minimisation, re-use and recycling...
Wrap material specific recycling information
Download recycling information, sorted and categorised by material type
Wrap reclaimed building products website
Download tools and guidance including the reclaimed building products guide
M&S signs up to the Fire and Building Safety Accord in Bangladesh
BT Cuts Supply Chain CO2 Footprint
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