Best practice sustainable procurement within the plant category
The Plant category group was established by School Partners and other key industry stakeholders to develop and facilitate the implementation of the School’s position on best practice sustainable procurement within the category. The Minimum Standards (version 1) were released in 2019 and were updated in November 2021 (version 2) to reflect changes in availability and types of technology. Whilst version 2 supersedes version 1, the original document still provides useful information.
Plant Category Group Minimum Standards Version 2.0Download
Plant Category Group Minimum Standards Version 1.0Download
With increasing scrutiny from clients and the government on the negative effect engines have on the air quality of our towns and cities, and with policy and penalties pushing organisations to address the issues through fleet and plant, the industry needs to look closely at how it operates plant, what it invests in, and how plant is disposed.
As a result of these challenges, Partners are collaborating to identify and provide the supply chain with information and guidance on plant standards and management.
The definition of “plant” for this group is “plant used in the construction and/or maintenance of an asset and consumes some form of power/energy”.
Partners have worked to produce numerous resources to provide landscape and potential solutions for the supply and demand of plant and plant operators, for use by clients, major contractors and the supply chain. These include a minimum standards document that discusses the minimum engine emissions standards we should be adhering to to reduce the worst effects on air quality and the climate – where we can go better and cleaner, we should.
The Group has also developed a Commitment Charter for relevant parties to sign up to to demonstrate their intention to actively work towards cleaner air, for the benefit of our workers and neighbours
Identifying the challenge
The outputs of the plant group are wide-ranging:
- Materiality assessments for each category of plant to identify and prioritise key sustainability impacts associated with plant
- Minimum standards for the purchase and hire of each category of plant
- Training materials to support organisations, including e-learning modules and CPD-accredited workshops
Alongside an overview report of the current and future landscape for sustainable plant options, the School plant resources focus on providing clients, contractors and the supply chain with information and assistance to deliver the most sustainable plant option for future operations.
The Emissions Compliance Verification Scheme
The Emissions Compliance Verification Scheme, provided by CESAR, gives users of non-road mobile machinery (NRMM) a clear and easy way of identifying the engine emissions levels of their equipment. Using a colour-coded, visible sticker, applied to the machine at point of manufacture, the user can quickly see what emission Stage their machinery is, which helps with site and project compliance with air quality demands.
These have been created for you by the Supply Chain Sustainability School Plant Group
Topics to consider when sourcing sustainable plant
These topics can have a serious impact on the sourcing of sustainable plant.
Plant Group meeting notes
Keep up to date with what the Plant Group is doing and read the meeting notes.
1 December 2021 | 29 September 2021 | 21 July 2021 | 14 April 2021 | 28 January 2021
25 November 2020 | 22 September 2020 | 7 July 2020 | 24 April 2020 | 30 January 2020
21 November 2019 | 11 September 2019 | 6 June 2019 | 12 March 2019
26 September 2018 | 12 June 2018 | 28 January 2018
6 November 2017