Sustainable procurement

The University of Nottingham is establishing sustainable procurement procedures and practices. We recognise our responsibility to procure items in an environmental and socially responsible way; some examples of this include:

  • Computers ─ our latest computer supply contract specifies low power demand equipment, considers whole life costing and provides for return of packaging and recycling of old equipment
  • Office furniture ─ all suppliers certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)
  • Lab supplies – working with suppliers to return packaging for re-use
  • Stationery – introduced a consolidated catalogue to reduce purchase choice with a greater proportion of recycled products

Postgraduate student working on a laptop



Sourcing food

Our sustainable food policy PDF format reflects our commitment to sourcing foods from a sustainable source. The University’s success in this has been recognised with multiple awards:

Read more about Sustainable Catering

Other initiatives

  • Deliveries ─ we work with our suppliers to amalgamate orders and consolidate deliveries to minimise transport
  • Managed print service ─ to minimise use of desktop printers, reduce paper usage and introduce a more efficient, greener method of printing
  • Online travel and expenses system ─ allows travellers to view the carbon emissions of a potential trip, enabling informed decisions to be made
  • Water coolers ─ are now mains fed, reducing the environmental impact of providing bottled water as well as offering financial savings
  • PC replacement ─ moved from a 3-year to 4-year replacement cycle
  • Purchasing cards ─ remove the need for paper invoices to be sent and online reconciliation removes the need to keep any paper records



Sustainability Team

Estate Office, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD