Purchasing, supply and consumption of goods and services affects us all and plays a big part in contributing to climate change through the energy required in production, transport and waste. If we are to succeed in this challenging strategy then all sectors of Reading’s society will need to set out more sustainable PSC practices which maximise benefits to society and the environment as well as optimising price and quality
The priorities are:
● Enable people to make sustainable purchasing choices
By Identifying, sharing and promoting best practice and creating the platforms where people can share their ideas
● Support and encourage local purchasing and the development of local supply chains
By establishing key standards and kite marks in Reading and disseminating information through the media
● Promote and encourage new business models focused around the ‘circular economy’
By supporting businesses who want to make shifts towards product/service innovation and reduce the flow of materials in their business
● Develop standards and the commitment to sustainable procurement in both the public and private sectors
By developing local flexible supply chains and building of existing local initiatives and standards
● Reduce waste by supporting the re-use and repair of products and materials
By organising workshops to promote innovative approaches to waste and disseminating information on examples of best practice and inspiring cases
● Increase recycling rates
By continuing to improve waste collection processes and champion best practice and innovative solutions to waste and recycling
Taking a proactive approach to business model change offers ‘prime-mover advantage’, so that a company can compete from a position of strength. For businesses that are prepared to be bold, there is an opportunity to
● introduce innovative business models
● develop new revenue streams
● create brand new market sectors.
Existing examples of this are the peer-to-peer rental business model of Zipcar and the advent of ‘cloud’ computing. These trends lead to new and unexpected competitors for businesses.
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