If the council is to demonstrate good environmental management, we have to make sure that the goods and
services we buy cause as little harm to the environment as possible.
Purchasing decisions can have a profound effect on the environment. Manufacture and transportation of
products uses valuable resources and pollutes our land, air and water. Goods consume energy and water
during their manufacture and many consume further energy and water when in use. The goods themselves,
their by-products and their packaging eventually have to be disposed of as waste.
This revised Environmental Purchasing Policy will help the council fulfil its environmental
responsibilities and will in turn help to influence our suppliers, so that we can justifiably claim
that we are "greening our supply chain".
Anyone who makes purchases or procures services on behalf of the Council must follow the Environmental Purchasing Policy.