15 Jun 23

Let us help you get your head around sustainable procurement

Fleet procurement has long been about price and availability. Still, sustainability has risen up the boardroom agenda for almost every fleet organisation lately because of regulation and CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) goals. Prioritising sustainability has to be top of mind, and this is challenged by prolonged supply chain issues, plus political and economic uncertainty. 

Our latest E-Book: Sustainable Procurement (available for download) for Global Fleets, takes a deep dive into this issue and reveals the latest strategies, knowledge and best-practice to enable fleets to meet business and environmental goals head-on. Download the E-Book here; in the meantime, follow these ten tips: 

  1. Embrace electric vehicles (EVs): Prioritize the procurement of electric vehicles for the fleet, reducing carbon emissions and dependence on fossil fuels.
  2. Optimize fuel efficiency: Procure vehicles with high fuel efficiency ratings or hybrid models to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
  3. Utilize alternative fuels: To minimise environmental impact, consider procuring vehicles that can run on alternative fuels such as biodiesel, compressed natural gas (CNG), or hydrogen.
  4. Implement lifecycle assessments: Conduct comprehensive lifecycle assessments of vehicles, goods, and services to evaluate their environmental impact from production to disposal and make informed procurement decisions.
  5. Prioritize sustainable materials: To minimise waste generation, source goods and services that utilize sustainable and eco-friendly materials, such as recycled or biodegradable products.
  6. Promote sharing and pooling: Explore opportunities for collaborative procurement or sharing arrangements with other organizations or fleets to optimize resource utilization and reduce procurement needs.
  7. Encourage local sourcing: Prioritize local suppliers to reduce transportation-related emissions and support the local economy.
  8. Engage in eco-friendly logistics: Choose logistics partners and service providers that prioritize sustainability, such as those with efficient route planning, use of low-emission vehicles, and sustainable packaging practices.
  9. Establish green procurement policies: Develop and enforce procurement policies prioritising sustainability and setting specific targets and requirements for suppliers and service providers.
  10. Consider the total cost of ownership: Evaluate procurement decisions based on the total cost of ownership, including fuel efficiency, maintenance, and environmental impact, rather than solely focusing on the upfront costs.

By incorporating these sustainable procurement practices, fleets can contribute to environmental conservation, reduce their carbon footprint, and promote a more sustainable future. There’s lots more comprehensive detail in the E-Book

Image: Shutterstock 2107664726 Brian A Jackson

Authored by: Alison Pittaway