The government has made it a priority to achieve broader outcomes that go beyond the immediate purchase of goods and services.
See below for details on how the IT hardware contract can be used to reduce transport emissions and waste.
Most manufacturers are working towards having packaging for their goods made up of 100% recyclable or compostable components. Manufacturers are striving to recycle and re-use an increasing amount of waste materials, such as ocean-bound plastics in their packaging, or in the manufacture of their products.
If agencies are fitting out an office with monitors and desk-mounted monitor arms, the IT hardware suppliers can facilitate the supply of monitors without desk stands (“head only”), to reduce waste. Doing so reduces the cost of the monitor(s) and saves on transport emissions as there is less weight to transport.
Manufacturers also offer options for bulk packaging when ordering items in quantity. This option of bulk packaging can significantly reduce the amount of packaging required to ship goods, therefore reducing waste.
One way of reducing emissions from the transport of goods is to have them shipped to New Zealand via sea freight rather than via air freight. Not only does sea freight save on transport emissions, it is also cheaper. It does require some additional forward planning, as sea freight can take one to two weeks longer than air freight, and there may be a minimum order quantity. Talk to your supplier about your requirements.