Application of environmentally preferable purchasing in Trinity College, Dublin
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An investigation into the inclusion o f environmental considerations in procurement decisions in college concluded that elements o f environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) are in place, but the application is uneven. Some EPP initiatives are in place specifically to reduce environmental impacts. Other schemes that are designed and implemented to increase efficiency or reduce waste etc. are also generating environmental benefits indirectly. A number o f EPP tools were applied to a selection o f college activities and some potential for increasing EPP was identified. Survey participants deemed that a coordinated approach based on a purchasing guide or online database would be a useful aid for integrating purchasing requirements and environmental objectives. A college policy on eco-procurement would be beneficial for those who wish to develop initiatives along defined college guidelines and within legislative compliance. The participants in the surveys expressed a high level o f interest and awareness in environmental matters related to college activities, including the impacts o f purchasing. It follows that individual managers or staff members are best qualified to promote EPP in their respective departments.
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