WRAP has launched a series of sustainable procurement e-learning modules. The simple to follow and free to use online modules offer procurement practitioners the tools and knowledge to confidently assess their own procurement processes, with a view to adopting more sustainable practices and will help businesses and organisations unlock potential cost savings through using resources more efficiently, and sending less waste to landfill.
A total of six modules have been developed by WRAP as part of its work for EPOW (European Pathway to Zero Waste), supported by Defra, which comprise an Introduction to Sustainable Procurement module and five independent tutorials each dedicated to high priority areas:
- Construction and Major Refurbishment Projects
- Information, Communication and Technology (ICT)
- Re-use and Remanufacturing
The modules include good practice procurement wording, and sample contract clauses, to help users implement sustainable procurement decisions simply. They are available to use online and have been designed to help both public and private sector professionals. They can be used as part of a work schedule and can be completed over time, rather than one sitting.
Dr Mervyn Jones, head of products & materials at WRAP, said of the new resources:
“Through EPOW, WRAP has worked directly with more than 40 public sector organisations in the south east as part of our targeted assistance programme. This has helped many to not only implement the Marrakech Approach* to sustainable procurement into their policies and contracts, but also shape the behaviour of their private sector supply chains. By so doing, we’ve influenced more than 5.75 billion Euros in policy spend, and almost 460 million Euros-worth of contracts, in moving towards more sustainable procurement.”
As a separate resource, WRAP has also developed a Facilities Management Procurement Toolkit to help professionals procuring or managing FM services to specify and measure resource and cost savings. The waste specialist body also hosts an informative segment directed at facilities management sector on its website with links to useful resources for FMs.
*The principal objective of the Marrakech Task Force is to promote and support the implementation of public procurement programmes that encourage the uptake of sustainable products and services.-