14 February 2008 | Paul Snell
TECOM Investments is claiming to be the first company in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to implement a sustainable procurement policy.
The firm, responsible for managing the UAE's "silicon valley", Dubai Internet City, said it wanted to reduce the environmental impact of the materials it uses in operations, maintenance and building renovations. Muna Al Muhairbi, procurement manager at TECOM, said the policy would also encourage suppliers to provide sustainable choices for buyers more quickly.
Changes will include prioritising the choice of environmentally friendly paints and carpets; reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill by buying products with less packaging; purchasing cooling systems that do not harm the ozone layer; and increasing the use of energy-efficient fixtures, such as light bulbs.
Ali bin Towaih, director of the sustainable energy and environment division, said: "Procurement is a key activity of large organisations. This is a critical function that is well positioned to drive sustainability not only within an organisation but also transform the entire sustainability industry in any given region.
"We strongly believe sustainable procurement is one of the fastest ways to translate the vision for a green Dubai."