The government?s green procurement policy is in jeopardy because some Treasury sub-departments are outsourcing buying decisions to third parties, it has emerged.
The Inland Revenue has chosen Brother to supply it with 1,900 printers in a race that involved HP, Lexmark and Kyocera - after a tendering process handled by services company EDS.
But Kyocera has hit back at the department and claims it will waste #5 million over the next three years because it ignored the terms of its own tendering document.
The tendering document states: ?Supplier are to confirm the consumables which are required for the equipment ...and should note that the Department currently operates an environmentally friendly policy regarding the use of recycled toners.?
But according to Tracy Rawling-Church, marketing director at Kyocera UK, that specification was ignored in the choice of the Brother HL 1660. She claims Brother uses consumable cartridges, which damage its environmental and cost of ownership argument.
Brothers? representative said today that it wasn?t aware the company had won the deal for 1,900 printers and refused to comment on the company?s environmental policy. The Brother HL 1660s, however, do use consumable cartridges which are not necessarily recyclable.
The Inland Revenue confirmed it had purchased the printers and said it used US company EDS to make the propcurement. That company decided all issues relating to buying equipment, a press office representative said.
But the Revenue added that it and EDS had gone through the EC and Gatt procedures laid down for such purchases.
The press officer at the Treasury admitted that, while the government?s requisitioning agency, the CTSA, fell under her wing and so did Inland Revenue, she was unaware of the newly elected government?s widely vaunted green procurement policy.
Rawling-Church said that the green procurement policy was available from Her Majesty's Stationery Office and clearly spelt out the environmental and cost of ownership issues.
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