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17 January 2012 | Angeline Albert
More than 30 public bodies and businesses in North West England have asked their key suppliers to disclose their carbon use online.
A total of 31 buying organisations are participating in ‘dCarbon North West', a collaborative project to reduce carbon emissions by liaising with suppliers through web-based tool CAESER.
The purchasing organisations, which include 24 councils in the North West, are engaging with 2,500 key suppliers using CAESER. The system, operated by NQC, allows suppliers to disclose information about their emissions online and follow a self-assessment process. This then provides a benchmark of their environmental, social and economic performance against their buying organisation’s expectations and industry best practice. It assesses suppliers’ low carbon plans and gives them a rating from green (meeting sustainability targets) to red (a lot more work to do), as well as outlining their strengths and weaknesses.
Other buying organisations participating in dCarbon North West include four fire and rescue services, Transport for Greater Manchester, the University of Manchester and Manchester Airports Group. Suppliers involved in the programme include Canon UK.
Manchester City Council is using the system with its top 1,000 suppliers, including stationery providers and construction companies. It hopes the tool will help its vendors become more efficient, save money and win more contracts.
Councillor Nigel Murphy, the authority’s executive member for the environment, said: “Over the next few years, companies that invest in environmentally friendly technologies will be the real winners and support from this project will help our suppliers find out what difference this can make to them and their employees.”