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Procurement and purchasing

WOULD YOU LIKE TO STAY INFORMED ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY AT THE UT?

RESPONSIBLE PROCUREMENT

The University of Twente takes sustainability into account when purchasing various products and services. The goals of sustainable procurement are: setting an example for others, achieving direct environmental benefits, influencing the market by creating and increasing the demand for less environmentally harmful products and services, and influencing the market by encouraging the development of environmentally friendly products.

Procurement and purchasing at a glance
  • In 2008, the University of Twente signed the covenant on Sustainable Procurement
  • The university focuses on buying circular, recycable and modular products
  • The weighing of sustainability criteria in tenders will be increased in 2022

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MORE ON PROCUREMENT & PURCHASING

Making sustainability the new normal

Operating more sustainably as an organisation through sustainable procurement. Lieke Walvoort, student Facility Management at Saxion, wrote her Bachelor thesis on enhancing sustainability in the UT’s procurement process.

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Sustainability in cleaning tender

In the tender for the cleaning contract of the UT from 2022 onward, our sustainability ambitions played a major role. Conditions included reduction of CO2 emissions, working as plastic-free as possible, using cleaning and maintenance products made of 100% natural raw materials and/or 100% biological micro-organisms, and reducing water consumption as much as possible. The contract was awarded to Asito.

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COVENANT ON SUSTAINABLE PROCUREMENT

In 2008, the University of Twente signed the covenant on Sustainable Procurement. By doing so, the UT committed itself to applying a “triple-P” approach to the tendering process, striking the right balance between People, Planet and Profit (or Prosperity). In recent years, sustainability criteria have been included in tenders for office furniture, cleaning services, HSE services, promotional items, multifunctionals, flowers, moving services, car rental and waste.

SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE PROCUREMENT (SRP)

In 2015, the University Procurement Platform (UPP) developed the UPP-SRP growth model via the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU). The growth model consists of 10 metrics used to measure SRP efforts. The main aim is to encourage procurement departments to up their efforts and to improve visibility and transparency. Every year, an anonymous ranking of all universities is published. 

What can you do?
  • Discuss possibilities to take environmental requirements into account when purchasing products
  • When purchasing products, pay attention to the energy consumption or energy label of the product in question
  • Prioritize companies with sustainable business processes