Rolls-Royce has signed up to a new UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) charter which aims to increase awareness of environmental issues within the Group’s supply chain.
The Sustainable Procurement Charter is a declaration by Rolls-Royce and the MOD of their commitment to work actively to develop and follow sustainable procurement principles into both acquisition and support activities.
Rolls-Royce Managing Director – Defence Aerospace, Martin Fausset signed the Charter on behalf of the Group.
Martin said: “As a result of the investments that Rolls-Royce has made our manufacturing facilities operate at world-class levels of environmental performance. We have a programme of continuous improvement in place to strengthen this and we encourage our supply chain to do likewise. The signing of this Charter reinforces our commitment to improve the way we design, manufacture and support our products.”
Tim Flesher, the MOD's Sustainable Procurement Champion and co-signatory with Martin Fausset on the Charter said:
"I am very much aware of the innovative approach which Rolls-Royce takes to sustainability issues so our signature of this charter with its joint commitment to work together is doubly significant."
The UK MOD plans to sign agreements with all of its key suppliers.
The Rolls-Royce site in Bristol is playing a key role in the £95 million Environmentally Friendly Engine (EFE) programme, an aero engine technology demonstration programme that will validate new technologies aimed at reducing noise, fuel burn and emissions. The engine demonstrator will be assembled at the Patchway site, where it will undergo a series of test runs in a converted test facility.