06 July 2009 | Jake Kanter
Procurement is playing a crucial role in the delivery of sustainability targets at construction firm Bovis Lend Lease.
The company plans to reduce its waste to landfill by 88 per cent over the next two years, and cut carbon emissions by 20 per cent by 2010.
It currently diverts 77 per cent of waste from landfill, but has reduced emissions only by 4 per cent.
Nigel McKay, Bovis' head of supply chain management, said procurement is contributing greatly to the goals.
The firm has focused on vendors that create large amounts of waste on construction sites and built targets into contracts, requiring them to reduce levels of materials and packaging.
Bovis will also be contracting the services of a waste management company in the next six months, to educate suppliers and assist them in dealing with unwanted materials.
"As much as 13 per cent of construction materials that come on site end up in the bin," McKay told SM. "Our trade contractors need to be aware that waste is actually profit. If there is increased profit for them by the reduction of waste, it could end up as reduced cost for us."
The procurement team has also taken steps to cut carbon emissions by working with equipment vendors to introduce battery-powered tools and contributing to the company-wide "lights out" scheme.
In addition, McKay is working to certify the sources of all materials the company buys, such as concrete.
Last month, the firm held a conference with vendors to encourage them to engage on issues of waste and carbon management.
At the event, Paul Toyne, head of sustainability at Bovis, described the work of procurement as "absolutely essential" to the company's ambitions on sustainability.