17 September 2009
UK construction firm Bovis Lend Lease has increased the level of sustainable timber it purchases.
The company's 2008 sustainability report this week revealed 75 per cent of the timber it bought for building projects last year was from sources certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). It was an improvement on 2007, when 64 per cent of its wood was FSC-approved.
It hopes to better this next year, when it will release a full report on its wood purchasing.
Bovis said its standards had helped clients improve their own timber buying. Richard Gillies, director of Marks & Spencer's environmental programme Plan A, said in the report: "Bovis's experience has enabled us to significantly improve our own performance."
Bovis also plans to source credible and certified concrete and steel by next year, but is not confident it can sustainably source stone outside the UK because suppliers are only just recognising the importance of the issue.
Procurement is playing a crucial role in delivering Bovis's sustainability targets, according to head of supply chain management Nigel McKay.
Speaking to SM in July, he said the department was contributing greatly to the company's 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 (News, 9 July 2009).
"As much as 13 per cent of construction materials that come on site end up in the bin. 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," he said.