Collaborating with the devil to save resources

OR: Demonstrating leadership in your supply chain or industry sector

Buying groups have been around for a long time, helping companies obtain better prices from combined purchasing power. Could you leverage this concept by bringing your suppliers or sector partners, many of whom may not have your scale and resources, together to bring resource efficiency projects to reality? In the case of one such pilot in the UK, up to 80% of lighting costs are expected to be saved across four suppliers by collaborating to procure cost effective and energy efficient lighting. While the scale of participants discussed in this article is large, surely this could also be effective for smaller companies. The group discussed was facilitated by a third party so that participants could remain anonymous if they chose to. This may be a way to approach collaboration with competitors, who are not always keen to share information, even about energy costs