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Sustainability and Environmental Considerations

NHDC takes seriously its responsibility in the fields of sustainability and the environment. Adhering to best practice, the Council will either apply its own environmental standards or those of its suppliers.

Environmental considerations will be addressed at each key decision stage of the procurement process, and there is a wide range of approaches that the Council may use when contracting a procurement opportunity. These include:

  • specifying environmentally beneficial goods and services
  • considering whole life costing when undertaking procurement
  • contracting with suppliers who are concerned about their environmental performance and who are able to demonstrate policies and procedures to address environmental issues
  • minimising waste
  • using goods that have recognised environmental standards e.g. Forest Stewardship Certification for timber