eNewsletter Winter 2019

Peterborough Environment Capital

Sustainable Materials


Why we need to procure all goods and materials through sustainable sources:
The environmental impact of the goods and services we procure is significant. Often products are made many miles away using intensive resources when in fact there is a local and more sustainable option just round the corner. It is important that we think about the products that we buy and how we can choose to do things differently to support local producers and suppliers whilst reducing the overall environmental impact.

What we need to do:
We aim to procure all goods and materials, both construction and consumer goods, from renewable or waste resources with low embodied energy and, wherever possible source them locally.

Peterborough is already working towards sustainable materials:

  • The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Re-Use facility, launched in 2004, refurbishes and recycles unwanted electrical goods which are then resold through charities to those on low incomes.

  • The UK has 1,595,374ha of Global Forest Stewardship Council certified forest area.

  • The UK public sector accounts for 10-40% of all sales of timber, wood and paper products.

Peterborough is already working towards sustainable materials:

  • The UK construction industry uses more than 400 million tonnes of material every year.

Targets to 2020:

  • Support Peterborough’s ambition to become a circular city through active collaboration, partnership and shared insight.
  • In Cambridgeshire and Peterborough 31% of total aggregates sales will be comprised of secondary and recycled aggregates.
  • 80% of Skanska’s procurement will be from the Greater Cambridgeshire Greater Peterborough LEP area.
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