we have a responsibility to care for and protect the environment in which we operate. We are
fully committed to improving environm
ental performance across all
our business activities, and will encourage
our business partners and members of the wider community to join us in this effort.
recognises our key impacts to
be in the areas of
waste disposal and packaging (including waste reduction)
energy and wat
transport and travel
raising staff awareness
Build an environmentally friendly work culture
Adopt the highest environmental standards in all areas of operation, meeting and exceeding all
evant legislative requirements
activities and identify areas
where we can minimise impacts
Minimise waste through careful and efficient u
se of all materials and energy
Purchase sustainable products wherever feasible [e.g. recycled, F
low environmental impact products and
energy from renewable sources]
ise our environmental position
employees in good environmental practice and encourage employee invol
Reduce risks from environmental, health or safety hazards for
to all parties
in the vicinity of our
Adopt an environmentally sound
Continually assess the environmenta
l impact of all our operations
d a series
for each key impact area. These
set out what
objectives and are outlined below:
will review this policy on an annual basis
has achieved the Green Dragon Award Level 2 in February 2010 and endeavour to achieve the Green
Dragon Level 3 award by February 2012. All our partners and sub
contractors will aim to achieve the Green
award by 31
Development Director and Purchasing Co
ordinator will have overall responsibility for this.
that the waste they produce has an impact on the environment.
To minimise this impact, staff
follow a series of
guidelines to ensure waste is reduced and disposed of responsibly.
ensure all waste is stored and disposed of appropriately and wherever possible will reduce, reuse or
recycle waste before disposing to landfill.
ach centre has recycling facilities for paper, cardboard and plastic. It is the responsibility of
the centre managers to ensure that all staff and learners are using these facilities correctly.
staff only prints
where absolutely necessary
e forms and necessary documents to be completed electronically& stored without printing.
paperless meetings with the use of laptops instead of handouts
The Motor Vehicle Department
endeavour to recycle their oil where
possible to reduce wastage.
Efficient use of Energy and Water
As a resource
efficient business, we at
are demonstrating that we recognise our responsibility towards the
environment. Through using energy more efficiently we will reduce overhead costs and save money.
the amount of electricity used by ensuring equipment is switched of
f out of business hours
is the responsibility of
all staff to do so and
centre managers to check this before closing the building
et targets and regularly monitor and evaluate energy performance levels
the purchasing co
ordinator evaluates levels o
n a monthly basis and reports to the Finance Director.
urchase energy and water at the most economic prices
the purchasing coordinator will
annually to ensure value for money
dopt target temperature levels for offices, workshops and corrido
all centres should set their air
tioning units to 21 degrees
roduce a detailed assessment of annual and month
ergy consumption and costs
reported at Senior Management and Board Meetings
evelop a program to promote energy awareness
amongst staff and students by me
ans of information
chieve a reduction in energy consumption of 5% over the next 3 years through better management.
Sustainable Procurement is the process of acquiring goods and services
Meet the user’s needs
Deliver long term value for money
Maximise social and economic benefits
Minimise damage to the environment and health
use a wide range of goods and services. Everything purchased has an impact on the environment and
y from stationary and electrical equipment to social care, vehicles and construction equipment.
In order to improve
’s sustainability through procurement
when purchasing goods and services special
consideration is taken into account of how things have been made, where they have come from, who made
them and how they will be disposed of. Is the purchase actually necessary or could the same resource be
ed in a different way? Suppliers are evaluated to ensure corporate social responsibility and ethical
values are apparent within their organisation.
Ensure employees who engage in purchasing activities are aware of this policy and
communicate it to
suppliers and key stakeholders.
Not focus on just the initial purchase price. Full assessment will be carried out in the quotation and
tender process, evaluating long term value, environmental benefits, quality
Reduce the purchasing
of new products by cutting down on waste and repairing or reusing existing
Purchase whenever practical, materials and substances which are the least harmful to the human
health, environment and future generations.
Look to continually improve our
sustainability purchasing performance through setting and annually
reviewing relevant objectives and targets.
are aware that transport emissions can form a significant part of their carbon footprint
to reducing this
and encouraging ‘green motoring’
Continually monitor the market to keep updated with new vehicles and new technology available.
Ensure that vehicles used and purchased for business purposes have low emis
sions and employees
take into account the need to minimise emissions.
Minimise travel through the introduction of conference ca
Increase the number of
to reduce diary use and the requirement to travel back to the
Ensure remote access is available to relevant
staff to enable working from home
Source locally produced products where possible to reduce the carbon footprint
Encourage car sharing where possible
Monitor vehicle leases throughout their contract period to e
nsure best value is maintained
Ensure assessors are planning their visits to minimise fuel consumption
Raising Staff Awareness
will ensure that they build an environmentally friendly
work culture. Staff will be encourag
ed to contribute
to the developme
nt and review of the policy.
Educate all staff on the importance of good environmental practice and encourage employee
involvement in environmental action
Include environmental awareness section in staff newsletter
performance with regards to upholding the environmental and E
policies at one to ones and in
Where appropriate staff to
relevant Environmental Awareness
Reports to be submitted at Senior Management Meetings by Purchasing Co
analysis and recommendations for improvement
analysis and recommendations for reduction