As The University of Limerick is such a large consumer of goods and services, it has a major impact on the environment. By using its purchasing power to opt for goods and services that respect the environment, the University can make an important contribution towards sustainable development.
UL Procurement recognises that it should take a positive lead, by carrying out its Procurement activities in an environmentally responsible manner.
Through this Environmental Policy UL Procurement is making a commitment to reducing its impact on the environment and is working in a responsible manner. The aim of this policy is to ensure that purchased goods and services are manufactured, delivered, used, managed and disposed of through environmentally responsible approaches.
Our Policy is to as far as possible, purchase products and services that will have minimal impact on the environment and encourage others to do the same. We also encourage, in so far as commercially viable, the supply of environmentally friendly products and services.
We also seek to ensure that we assess the environmental impact of any new processes or products we intend to introduce in advance.
The Waste Management (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Regulations came into force on 13th August 2005. The purpose of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations (WEEE Regulations) is to ensure the environmentally sound management of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).
Under the Waste Management Acts (2005/2008) compulsory obligations are in place for Producers (Manufacturers, importers etc.) and distributors (retailers).
Enforced by these acts are a number of Producer Responsibility Initiatives (PRI's) which require Producers to ensure that when placing goods on the market there are systems present ensuring the goods are managed at the end of life in an environmentally sound manner.
When procuring goods our Procurement Officers seek to ensure the goods life cycles are taken into account. This also includes the costs of managing them in an environmentally sound manner at the end of their life cycle:-
Therefore, our Procurement Officers when producing goods consider:
- Compliance with regulatory requirements and procure goods from only registered producers where PRI's exist.
- Consider the costs of managing products in an environmentally sound manner when they reach the end of life
- Are aware of the risk to their organisation of having to finance the environmentally sound management of its waste, in accordance with prescribed treatment standards, as a result of procuring goods from a non-compliant producer or distributor.
Under the Waste Management (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) (Amendment) Regulations 2008, Producers placing electrical equipment (EEE) on the market in the State must be registered with the WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) Register Society Ltd. (WEEE Register). Producers who are not in possession of a valid "Certificate of Registration" issued by the WEEE Register are prohibited from placing EEE on the market.
All WEEE must be
- Recycled, and
- Treated in accordance with prescribed standards.
Our Procurement Officers may request a copy of the producer's current "Certificate of Registration" or "Certificate of Renewal of Registration", prior to engaging in negotiations.