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FM: 'still keen on green'

Published 25th August, 2010 by Neil Nixon

FM: 'still keen on green'

85% of facilities managers polled at this year’s Summer FM Forum reported that their organisation had not reduced its commitment to ‘green’ policies since the onset of the recession; just 13% conceded that their organisations had made a change. But despite this strong commitment, only 66% said that if a supplier could not ‘demonstrate acceptable green credentials and an ability to perform in an environmentally sound manner’ they would be unlikely to contract with them regardless of price.

The results of the ‘What the forum thinks’ survey, organised by Forum Events and completed by over 100 in-house facilities buyers and supplier representatives, highlights the pressure that facilities managers face when sourcing services in the post recession depression.

Their employers would like to maintain their position on the environment but some are being driven to prioritise cost savings instead.

The debate on this challenge was further informed by Dan Murphy, operations manager of Centre MK, winner of last year’s BIFM Environmental award. In his case study he demonstrated a stream of practical and successful green initiatives ranging from rainwater harvesting to cooking oil recycling, and everyone one showed a positive cash benefit to the company.

Other workshops included a session on waste legislation, environmental engagement and a talk by Karen Waterlow of Asset Skills explaining the new FM qualification hierarchy. This supplemented the careers advice being offered in the job clinic by John Davis from FRL recruitment and a keynote speech on carbon footprints by Ben Murray of Carbon Smart.

This year’s Summer FM Forum was held at Whittlebury Hall, near Towcester, where delegates participated in a busy timetable of social networking, discussion groups and supplier and client meetings.

The 20011 Winter FM Forum will be on 24-25 January at The Radisson Blu Hotel, London Stansted.

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