Industry leaders discuss sustainable solutions

Jewson have joined forces with leading figures from across the construction industry to commit to developing an industry-wide sustainable procurement solution during the first Green Procurement Group meeting.
The group was formed following a Jewson-led forum with major suppliers that explored ways to reduce the industry’s carbon footprint. The twelve members of the group, headed by Jewson sustainability and quality director Steve Millward, include Lafarge, Hanson, Rockwool and the Waste Resource Action Programme.

The group intends to collectively reduce the amount of packaging and waste materials throughout its own supply chain with a view to having a positive environmental impact on the market as a whole.

Following the supplier forum, group members participated in debates on waste materials, the need for carbon labelling, as well as the possibility of providing a 20% reduction in packaging by 2012. The meeting concluded with agreement from all members to work internally with their packaging representatives to develop clear waste reduction targets for 2008.

As Steve Millward comments: “The development of the Green Procurement Group is not only a huge step forward for Jewson, but for the entire construction industry. Given that a large amount of materials found on a construction site are wasted, in addition to the amount of surplus packaging found on many building products, it is time that leading suppliers and manufacturers begin to work together to establish how this can be significantly reduced.

“Improving communications across the supply chain is a key to success and the formation of the Green Procurement Group will help to facilitate this. The construction of sustainable homes is one of the major issues impacting the industry; however in order for construction to be truly sustainable, it needs to be the product of sustainable procurement at every stage of the process. Without this, the whole system falls down.”

The Green Procurement Group, which also includes Velux, Fischer Fixings, Visqueen Building Products, Hepworth Building Products, Henderson, ICI and Tarmac, will meet for the second meeting in the first quarter of 2008.

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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