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Yorkshire Forward first to adopt paper targets

Yorkshire Forward has become the first regional development agency (RDA) to adopt targets for the use of recycled paper and for the inclusion of recycled materials in construction projects.

Its new initiative is looking to reduce the regions C02 emissions over the next three years and was launched by the RDA in conjunction with Recycling Action Yorkshire (RAY) and the Waste & Resources Action Programme.

It has stipulated that from December 1, at least 10% of the overall value of materials in construction projects it supports or funds must be made with recycled materials. This makes Yorkshire Forward the first RDA in the country to formally commit to the principles of sustainable procurement.

In addition to this, any paper it uses in any project it is involved with directly or indirectly must be recycled paper. Specific content levels have been set at 75% for office and copying paper and 50% for brochures.

Yorkshire Forward chief executive Tom Riordan said: The new office blocks and apartment complexes springing up and changing the urban skyline are a sign of the regions increasing prosperity and its growing economy.

Hand-in hand with this prosperity, we must ensure that we protect the environment and our commitment to these important targets underlines how hard we are working to reduce our carbon emissions and make more efficient use of our resources.

RAY will monitor progress towards the target and has developed an online interactive procurement tool to assess the impact of buying recycled on the regions emissions and ultimately the climate.

RAY programme director Andrew Hartley said: Driving recycling through purchasing can be very effective. In Yorkshire and Humber alone, the public sector spends £6.5 billion on goods and services, making it a consumer to be reckoned with.

This massive buying power gives the public sector the opportunity to set the standards and drive UK sustainability in future years. The choices made by these organisations can create new markets for sustainable products, transform the approach of private sector suppliers and inspire groundbreaking new product development.

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