Social value in public procurement

While social value has been a feature of public procurement over the last decade, it has usually carried a relatively low weighting. The ground-breaking policy note Procurement Policy Note (PPN) 06/20 announced by the Cabinet Office in September last year, requires that from 1st January 2021 all central government departments…
supply chain

Supply chains key to climate action impact

Just eight supply chains account for more than half of global CO2 emissions. Fully decarbonising these would add just 1-4% to end-consumer costs for many everyday items.Companies wanting to lower their carbon footprint often concentrate on reducing emissions from their own premises or fleet vehicles (classed as Scope 1 by…
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EU bans the shipping of plastic waste to developing countries

Progress on climate action and sustainability could be a casualty of the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis, according to a new report from the World Economic Forum. But incorporating green programmes into recovery plans also presents an opportunity to rebuild better. The pandemic has forced many organisations to rethink strategies and business…
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Rebuilding Business Sustainably in 2020

Progress on climate action and sustainability could be a casualty of the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis, according to a new report from the World Economic Forum. But incorporating green programmes into recovery plans also presents an opportunity to rebuild better.The pandemic has forced many organisations to rethink strategies and business models…
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PM lays out plan for ‘Green Industrial Revolution’

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson took steps this week to address some of the country’s largest remaining sources of greenhouse gas emissions, announcing plans to end the sale of new gas and diesel cars within a decade and change the way people heat their homes. The plans are expected to…
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The Rise of Social Value

Since the introduction of The Public Service (Social Value) Act, the social benefits generated by publicly funded projects now have a greater influence on the way work is won by contractors. The Act placed a formal requirement on public sector organisations to consider the economic, social and environmental benefits for…
National Recycling Awards 2020

Sustainable Advantage shortlisted for recycling award

Rising to the challenge of what to do with an expanding inventory of surplus clothing has resulted in awards success for Sustainable Advantage. Sustainable Advantage has been helping its client Fat Face in its goal to become a carbon neutral operation by 2025. Together they have minimised the amount of…
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Recycling project pays off for Petersham Nurseries

Busy, award-winning restaurant Petersham Nurseries was desperate to improve its recycling record. A number of what it thought insurmountable hurdles were preventing it from making the necessary changes. Charles Hope-Dunbar of Sustainable Advantage describes how they collaborated to overcome those hurdles and save more than £20,000 a year.Our first step was to…
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Fat Face announces sustainability targets

British lifestyle clothing and accessories retailer Fat Face has announced its sustainability targets for 2025 and its plans to become carbon neutral.Sustainable Advantage has been working with Fat Face helping the company to reduce its carbon footprint by eight per cent over the last two years. It has increased waste…
renewable energy procurement for businesses

Clean energy milestone reached in 2019

The UK reached a clean energy milestone last year, by generating more of its energy from zero carbon sources than fossil fuels for the first time since the industrial revolution.Figures published by National Grid show that wind, solar, nuclear and hydro energy accounted for 57 per cent of power generation,…
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Pret A Manger coffee cup recycling scheme rolled out nationwide

Pret has announced the expansion of its in-store coffee cup recycling scheme to more than 350 UK stores, following successful pilots in London, Leeds and Glasgow. The expansion of the in-house coffee cup recycling initiative means that almost 90% of Pret shops across the UK have the capability to recycle…
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KenEx cross-Thames tram system proposal progresses

|Press Release KenEx cross-Thames tram system proposal is received positively by Local Authorities and is ‘certainly feasible’ Plans for a £600million tram scheme connecting Kent and Essex and incorporating an immersed tunnel under the Thames have received a further boost following the positive results of a recent feasibility study. The…
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Sustainable Advantage joins the Sustainable Restaurant Association

|Press Release Waste sustainability consultant joins the Sustainable Restaurant Association The Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) was launched in 2010 by two sustainability experts and two restauranteurs wanting to lead the charge for the hospitality industry facing the ongoing challenge of sustainability, by encouraging best practice and rating restaurants on their…
clean power for construction

Continuous clean power for construction sites

Estimates suggest construction equipment is responsible for 7% of NOx emissions in London, 25% of which comes from generators. While Temporary Builders’ Supplies (TBS) are being connected there can sometimes be a gap in clean power, between site mobilisation and TBS availability. We’ve teamed up with battery storage manufacturer Off…
Engineering services and new connections for construction

Sustainable Advantage awarded safe contractor status

We can proudly announce that Sustainable Advantage has been awarded accreditation from Safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety. Safe Contractor status is a widely accepted standard which recognises very high standards of health and safety practise and competency amongst UK businesses. The company was delighted…
Engineering services and new connections for construction

ESOS Phase 2 compliance

With over 9,000 of the UK’s largest companies now required to comply with the Department of Energy and Climate’s Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), we’re helping companies meet these new obligations and turn energy saving opportunities into a real business advantage.  Read our summary sheet to find out what’s required…
Energy management for businesses

Energy entrepreneurs generating £350m a year

Scottish 'energy entrepreneurs' now generate £350m a year. More than £82m was invested in 117 independent renewable energy projects across Scotland last year, according to figures revealed today. The spending by businesses, developers, farmers, landowners and communities means almost £700m has now been invested in the sector in Scotland in…
Waste management for businesses

Plastic straws could be banned

The ban on plastic straw.   Prime Minister Theresa May announced that there will be a consultation into some banning some prevalent single-use plastics, including plastic straws and cotton buds at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting on Friday 19 April. Around 8.5 billion plastic straws are thrown out in the UK every year,…