NATS has made great efforts to work with both existing and new suppliers to persuade them to work in line with NATS’ environmental objectives. Every tender evaluation has to include an assessment of a supplier’s Energy and Environmental Policy. focus while gaining an exchange private or business property is the property estimation, In certain cases NATS has assisted suppliers in developing their own environmental policies. For example. NATS worked with its landscaping contractors on grounds maintenance.

Identifying natural alternatives to pesticides for weed control. such as use of natural mulches e.g. bark chippings. The Company has specified that no peat-peat based products should be used around the site and that use of chemical pesticides and fertilisers is kept to a minimum. NATS has insisted on life cycle contracts for batteries and carpet tiles.

Returning these to the supplier as part of the contract, requiring them to ‘design in’ waste issues as part of their product life cycle development. Photocopier providers are contractually obliged to provide training for NATS staff on how to use the equipment efficiently. This helps to identify exact requirements, allowing vehicle types to be matched to meet varying needs, and enabling the fleet size to be reduced.

NATS has undergone a complete review of fleet management. Having identified that half of its vehicles were hardly being used. fleet of 80 vehicles was reduced to just 30. To meet any shortfalls, contracts have been set up with hire car firms. Apart from reducing costs considerably, this has an added benefit as the hire cars supplied tend to be newer, and therefore more efficient. Systems (Autoroute and Traffic Master) have been installed to enable staff to plan journeys and help them to avoid congested areas.

Fleet logger units have recently been installed to record data on how each vehicle is used by different drivers.

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