In 2018, Hywel Dda University Health Board began exploring ways to save money and resources, with an emphasis on recognising when equipment could be re-used rather than replaced.

As a result, the health board has delivered financial savings of £230,000. This equates to 41 tonnes of waste diverted and a reduction of 161 tonnes of CO2e.

All of this was achieved through use of the Warp It platform – an online tool which serves as a clearing house of assets available for re-use within, and across, organisations.

This case study highlights what can be achieved when sustainable procurement hierarchy principles are implemented within an organisation. The procurement hierarchy is designed to exemplify best practice in sustainable procurement with re-use and re-thinking the need to buy among the most preferred options. If implemented successfully, this approach can lead to financial and environmental benefits as part of a circular economy approach.

The Welsh Government’s Beyond Recycling Strategy aims to make the circular economy a reality in Wales. A headline action in this strategy is for the public sector in Wales to prioritise the purchase of goods and products made from remanufactured, refurbished, and recycled materials, or that come from low carbon and sustainable materials like wood.

NHS Wales has set out an ambitious Decarbonisation Strategic Delivery Plan to ensure the NHS advances their contributions to a net zero Welsh Public Sector. Both strategies make clear that public procurement is an important lever to achieve a low-carbon circular economy. Adopting tools such as Warp It can help public sector organisations to realise these goals. 

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