21 August 2009 | Allie Anderson
A revamped website will make it simpler for London-based public, private and third sector organisations to source responsibly.
The site www.greenprocurementcode.co.uk
has been refreshed and relaunched by Mayor of London Boris Johnson.
It offers guidance on how to develop green procurement initiatives and where to find the best sustainable products and suppliers.
New features include links to external online advice, which are categorised by sector to make it easier for users to find what they are looking for, publications and reports on eco-friendly buying and individual case studies.
There is also an internal directory of sustainable suppliers, which are selected on the basis of their green credentials, as well as links to external databases of suppliers and resources.
Johnson said: "We want to make it easier for organisations to make eco-friendly purchasing decisions. By doing so, businesses can not only be kinder to the planet, but can also save money in tough economic times."
Organisations who sign up to the Green Procurement Code (GPC) will also benefit from access to a self-assessment tool to measure the effectiveness of their sustainable programmes, regular newsletters and official accreditation.
GPC programme manager Graham Randles, said: "In the current financial climate, companies don't want to waste valuable time and resources searching for information. The new website is an easy to use, one-stop shop for organisations looking to make smart green procurement decisions."
The Green Procurement Code was set up in 2001 by City Hall to create a market for recycled products.
It was overhauled two years ago to emphasise the importance of management and behaviour in sourcing green products and is part of the mayor's commitment to cutting London's carbon emissions by 60 per cent by 2025.