“Circular Procurement goes beyond the end of life as it’s all about reducing the total impact on the environment as much as possible”Rob Boogaard, CEO Interface EMEA
Green Deal Circular Procurement
For the second time a Green Deal Circular Procurement is completed.
The project described here concerns the circular procurement of carpet for Royal Haskoning DHV’s new offices in Nijmegen and The Hague and is a collaboration between Royal HaskoningDHV and Interface.
The Green Deal is initiated by MVO Nederland, The Circle Economy, NEVI, PIANOo and is supported by the Dutch Government. Royal HaskoningDHV and Interface are both members of Green Deal. Members have committed themselves to close two Green Deal Circular Procurement deals in 2015, as opposed to linear procurement, that is: buy new – use – throw away.
Besides Royal HaskoningDHV and Interface the Green Deal Circular Procurement was signed by ABN AMRO, ASR, Dura Vermeer, Gemeente Amersfoort, Gemeente Amsterdam, Gemeente Den Haag, Gemeente Rotterdam, Gemeente Utrecht, ING, KPN, Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken/Rijksoverheid, Provincie Utrecht, TBI Holdings, UMC Utrecht, Verstegen Spices & Sauces and Waternet.
More information on Green Deal Circular Procurement can be found here.
Royal HaskoningDHV is an independent, international engineering and project management consultancy with over 130 years of experience. Their professionals deliver services in the fields of aviation, buildings, energy, industry, infrastructure, maritime, mining, transport, urban and rural planning and water. Backed by the expertise and experience of nearly 7,000 colleagues across the world, we work for public and private clients in more than 130 countries.
Interface is the world’s largest designer and maker of carpet tiles with 6 plants and more than 40 offices and showrooms across the globe. The company stands for design as a way of thinking on an organizational level across all aspects of the business and as an aesthetic credo for their products. At the heart of everything lies Mission Zero: this is their vision of becoming totally sustainable – and ultimately restorative – by 2020.
Within this circular procurement project Royal HaskoningDHV has selected Interface to supply carpet tiles that fits best with the Green Deal principles. Interface produces carpet tiles and is committed to reclaim and recycle as much end-of-life products as possible. This means that the carpet tiles are made of recycled materials and designed for re-use (in other offices), the tiles are used in the re-entry (basic materials are used to manufacture new tiles in the Interface facilities) or used for re-covery (burned in cement facilities while its remains are used as material in the cement).
The project is part of the Interface’s ReEntry® programme and in this case it includes returning the carpet tiles to Interface when not used in the office anymore. The ReEntry programme determines whether the carpet tiles can be re-used after cleaning for other projects, can be used as raw material for new tiles or are incinerated, after which the remains are used as filler in the cement industry.
The ReEntry® programme gives us the certainty that the lifetime of all raw materials is as long as possible. However, circular procurement extends beyond the end of life of the product. In the end it’s all about minimising the environmental impact as much as possible. That’s why Royal Haskoning has selected products that contain recycled raw materials and/or has a minimal use of materials.
Working with circular procurement is an enlightening process. For instance we’ve learnt that the yarns need to be ordered well in advance by the manufacturer to prevent shipping them by plane as this has a huge negative impact on the environment.
We’ve also experienced that it is difficult to determine prices for recycling at the end of the life cycle as we do not know how long we will use our offices or how the recycling techniques and legislation will develop. This last point is particularly important regarding recycling in other countries, something that is quite difficult at the moment. Now these agreements between the supplier and manufacturer are mainly based on ‘good will’.
Something else we’ve learnt during the process is another way of installing the floor by using TacTiles. These are small adhesive squares developed by Interface. When placing the TacTiles underneath the carpet tiles you can fix them firmly to each other. When using TacTiles the carpet tiles are not glued to the floor, it virtually eliminates the VOCs, there is no need for a costly clean-up of the sub floor and the tiles are much easier to recycle after use.
“This is a highly sustainable project with satisfied users who don’t even realize they work on a sustainable floor”Helms van der Vegte, Royal HaskoningDHV
Together with Interface Royal HaskoningDHV evaluated the different options for cleaning and maintenance as well. The environmental impact of cleaning – viewed over a period of 10 years – is as big as that of the production of the tiles themselves. However, regular and good maintenance and a clean working environment extends the lifetime of the product. Interface works together with specialised partners that minimise the use of water, energy and chemicals.
Despite the fact that Royal HaskoningDHV agreed not to compensate CO2 emissions Interface gave them a Cool Carpet® certificate. The Cool Carpet programme was introduced by Interface in 2005 and is standard on products that offer the best environmental credentials. The certificate shows the quantity of carbon offsets Royal HaskoningDHV has participated in with the carpet tiles ordered.
Interface does all it can to reduce greenhouse gas emissions during the entire life cycle of their products in order to be fully sustainable in all aspects of their operations. That’s why they also invest in sustainable and social programmes all over the world.