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Plant Group

Ensuring your plant and fleet are efficient and effective.

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.

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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.

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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.

Key plant resources

A selection of resources tailored to procurement of sustainable plant.

Air Quality
Fairness Inclusion and Respect
Air Quality
Sustainable Procurement

Plant Group meeting notes

Keep up to date with what the Plant Group is doing and read the meeting notes.

Topics to consider when sourcing sustainable plant

These topics can have a serious impact on the sourcing of sustainable plant.

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The Plant and Equipment Group is a collaboration between clients, contractors and plant hire companies and suppliers – aiming to improve air quality standards across the industry and look to engage and inform the supply chain on their role to play in moving to low-emission CPE.