Sustainable Procurement

Fife Council recognises its responsibility to carry out its procurement activities collaboratively and in an economically, environmental and socially responsible manner.

The current Fife Council Sustainable Procurement Policy is under review, however it still includes a commitment to purchase goods, materials and services that minimise or reduce the impacts of its activities on the local and global environment.

Sustainable procurement can be defined as “using procurement to achieve long term social, environmental and economical benefits” and is therefore linked to the Fife Councils Plan (under consultation) which includes the following key priorities:
  

  • The current Fife Council Sustainable Procurement Policy is under review, however it still includes a commitment to purchase goods, materials and services that minimise or reduce the impacts of its activities on the local and global environment.quality of life in local communities,
  • Increasing opportunities and reducing poverty and inequality,
  • Growing a vibrant economy; and
  • Promoting a sustainable society


In order to link procurement into the priorities of the Council Plan it is important when conducting any procurement exercise to consider:
 

  • The social, environmental and economic benefits are maximised;
  • The Impact on the environment is minimised; and
  • The supply chain being used by Fife Council is sustainable.


Whats it all about?

Sustainable Procurement encompasses three themes and the associated topics include:
 

 

Themes

Society (Social)

Economy

Environmental

Topics

 

Equality and Diversity

Third Sector and SMEs (Supplier Development)

Whole Life Costing

 

Fairly Traded and Ethical Supply

Energy Effiency

Community Benefits

Supply Chain Management

Supplier Guides

Sustainably Sourced Products


Sustainable Procurement Work Areas

Detailed below is a sample that shows some of the areas currently being worked on with regards to sustainable procurement by our Corporate Procurement Team.

Community Benefits:

  • Attendance at Community Benefit meetings
  • Attending Employer Engagement Delivery Group (EEDG)
  • Community Benefits Policy Champion (advice and guidance)


Supplier Development :

  • Facilitate procurement surgeries
  • Deliver training to SMEs/Third Sector and
  • Promote tender opportunities


Sustainable Procurement Policy:

  • Update existing policy
  • Promote new policy
  • Audit sustainable procurement throughout Council
  • Obtain Gold WWF Pledge for Paper and Timber
  • Evaluate Fife Council (Corporate Procurement) against the Flexible Framework
  • Produce Action plan 

Single Use Plastics
Within Scotland and beyond there is now widespread understanding and acceptance that single use plastics have a detrimental impact on our wider environment. That’s why Fife Council is in the process of cutting single use plastics from its buildings and activities.
The register below shows the main single use plastic items used by Fife Council. This will help inform Fife Council which plastic items to cut. We have already begun to tackle single use plastic cutlery, cups and straws. The register will be updated when additional information is available to show Fife Council’s progress towards cutting single use plastics.

 

 Material

Items used 20181

Service (main users)

Status

Date

Note

Solution

Cutlery

1,466,000

Facilities Management

Partially removed

February 2019

Full removal due October 2019.

Plastic teaspoons replaced with reusable metal

Plastic bags

700,000

Parks, Streets & Open Spaces and Waste Operations

 

To be investigated

TBC

 

 

Wet wipes

557,320

Facilities Management

To be investigated

TBC

 

 

Food containers

172,500

Facilities Management

To be investigated

October 2019

 

 

Plastic cups

152,000

Facilities Management

Partially removed

February 2019

Full removal due October 2019.

Reusable cups available at cafes. Paper cups available at water coolers.

Straws

18,000

Facilities Management

Partially removed

February 2019

Further removal of all single use

plastic straws except on milk cartons due October 2019.

No replacement item used.

Straws on milk cartons - contract with supplier ends February 2021. Investigating alternatives.

Swabs

17,400

More than one service

To be investigated

TBC

 

 

Overalls

4,000

More than one service

To be investigated

TBC

 

 

Shoe covers

1,200

More than one service

To be investigated

TBC

 

 

1Based on data available and subject to revision where additional information is made available.

 

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Procurement
Tel: 01592 583351 Contact Procurement online
By Post: Fife House North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT
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