Products and Equipment
Purchasing "green" products and equipment can be a key step towards improving the environmental sustainability of your business.
Products and Equipment
Purchasing "green" products and equipment can be a key step towards improving the environmental sustainability of your business. These products are often more energy efficient, less toxic, safer for workers, have recycled content or come with less packaging. For your business, green procurement encourages staff to think about the lifecycle of the product, rather than just the upfront costs.
Benefits of Green Procurement
The benefits of green procurement include:
- Reducing Negative Impacts of Products and Services on the Environment - Green procurement can help an organization to make major cuts in greenhouse gas emissions by improving their energy efficiency and reducing waste.
- Mitigating Negative Impacts on Health and Safety - Switching to environmentally preferable, less toxic products and materials (e.g. cleaners, paints) can improve workplace health and safety, while also reducing long-term health risks and liability.
- Creating Financial Savings - Green procurement can generate considerable cost savings because green products and services typically use fewer resources and are more durable and efficient to operate.
Guide to Green Procurement
In March 2014, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador released Buying Green! A Guide for Purchasing Environmentally Preferable Products. While this guide was developed to help incorporate environmental considerations into Government's procurement process, it provides a significant amount of information that can also be useful for businesses. This includes information to promote a better understanding of how to buy green, as well as fact sheets on what to look for when buying appliances, IT equipment, paper, furniture and more. For a full listing of the available resources, visit the Promoting Green Procurement page of the website.
What have others done?
Jumping Bean Coffee of St. John's is a premium roaster and supplier of coffee. Traditionally, roasting coffee is a process that produces a significant amount of greenhouse gas emissions. The company utilize a high efficiency coffee roaster. It is expected that as a result of this action the company will reduce their emissions by 65 tonnes of greenhouse gases each year. Government estimates that the potential energy cost saving realized as a result of these types of actions are in the order of $8,500 per year.