Archive: July, 2015

The Sustainability Marathon

I’ve written extensively on sustainable procurement mostly with the aim of describing best practice. I recognise, however, that many organisations struggle to delivery anything close. The Supply Management blog called On sustainability – what you contract for is what you get by Shaun McCarthy offers some interesting insights into London 2012 which vowed to be “the most sustainable Olympic Games ever”.  He says that “energy consumption was not well managed, the energy plan wasn’t implemented soon enough, the Games energy team was recruited too late and venue managers were inadequately trained.” He goes on to describe how the Games reflect building and facilities management practices across the industry. Let’s hope the lessons have been learned by Rio 2016 and more widely.