Procurement’s role in climate change

25 November 2009
It is now less than two weeks to the start of the United Nations’ climate change conference in Copenhagen and preparations ahead of the talks are hotting up (ahem). Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina this week urged rich countries to help climate vulnerable, poor nations in the same way they bailed out economies damaged by the global recession. Meanwhile China has refused to agree on binding targets and has not been specific in setting a date for when its carbon emissions will begin falling; and we await news of American pledges to set emissions targets. Whatever happens in Scandinavia next month, procurement is in the fantastic position of being able to make a difference on climate change. Whether it be getting clever about logistics and production to reduce carbon output; picking suppliers that are doing their bit for the environment; or even that first step of making the business case to organisations for a sustainable purchasing approach. It’s a great opportunity and in our first magazine of 2010 we’ll be exploring procurement’s role further. Email me ( to let us know what you’re doing on this.
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