Mayor rewards firms for green procurement

28 June 2011

28 June 2011 | Adam Leach

The Metropolitan Police, office suppliers Wiles Greenworld and construction firm Morgan Sindall were singled out for praise at this year’s Green Procurement Code awards.

The annual awards, held this month, are run by the LondonDevelopment Agency (LDA) and supported by the Mayor of London to recognise organisations in the capital that have made their procurement methods more sustainable and environmentally friendly. They were launched in 2001 to support efforts to reach the mayor’s target of reducing carbon emissions in London by 60 per cent by 2025.

This year, the Metropolitan Police won the ‘best in public sector category’ after some 72 per cent of its purchasing staff were trained in the LDA’s Responsible Procurement programme. The organisation managed to increase the amount of environmentally friendly goods purchased from 11 per cent in 2009 to 21 per cent in 2010. This included bikes and vehicles powered by alternative fuel to reduce its carbon footprint.

‘Best SME’ was awarded jointly to Wiles Greenworld and garden landscape firm Urban Planters. Wiles Greenworld was recognised due to its strong commitment to green initiatives, including hiring a director specifically responsible for overseeing carbon emissions. The company also arranged night time deliveries to cut fuel emissions (as a result of reduced traffic), converted 70 per cent of its fleet to alternative fuels and implemented a zero-waste-to-landfill policy.

Morgan Sindall won this year’s award for ‘best large organisation’. Meanwhile, a number of organisations, including Transport for London and Balfour Beatty, received commendations.

All organisations participating in the awards are signed up to the Mayor of London's Green Procurement Code

In his presentation to winners, LDA environmental director Martin Powell said the mayor believes the code has played an important role in investing in London’s low carbon future by “helping London to become a world-leading, low-carbon capital”.

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