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Environmental Consideration in procurement of construction contracts: current practice, problems and opportunities in green procurement in the Swedish construction industry
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Land and Water Resources Engineering, Environmental Management and Assessment.
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Land and Water Resources Engineering, Environmental Management and Assessment.
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Land and Water Resources Engineering, Environmental Management and Assessment.
2009 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, E-ISSN 1879-1786, Vol. 17, no 13, 1214-1222 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Research and initiatives concerning green procurement have to a great extent focused on products. This article, however, explores the current practice, problems and opportunities of green procurement of construction contracts. In particular, the application of environmental criteria for contract awarding is targeted. The findings of the study indicate that both public and private clients in the Swedish construction industry take environmental issues into consideration in their procurements. The environmental preferences are often formulated as environmental requirements. However, environmental criteria in tender evaluation are less common and seldom affect the award decisions. The environmental evaluation criteria that do occur often relate to the contractors' capabilities of managing the environmental work in the project.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 17, no 13, 1214-1222 p.
Keyword [en]
Green procurement, Green purchasing, Construction contract, Environmental management
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Other Environmental Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-8496DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2009.04.001ISI: 000267624200007Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-67349274968OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-8496DiVA: diva2:13836
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QC 20101125 Uppdaterad från submitted till published (20101125).Available from: 2008-05-19 Created: 2008-05-19 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved
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1. Enhancing Environmental Performance by Green Procurement: A study of environmental procurement preferences in the construction industry
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Enhancing Environmental Performance by Green Procurement: A study of environmental procurement preferences in the construction industry
2008 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

In recent years, the general awareness of the environmental impacts that industrial production gives rise to has radically increased throughout the world. Finding ways to minimise these impacts has become a major concern of the authorities in many countries. In order to promote a more sustainable industrial production, different incentives can be used. Among these incentives, the consideration of environmental issues in public procurement is increasingly being emphasised.

While much attention regarding sustainable procurement has centred on the purchase of products, this thesis focuses on green procurement of construction contracts. The construction industry is a major contributor to environmental pollution. It consumes about half of all resources humans take from nature and accounts for about 25 – 40 per cent of all energy used and about 30 – 50 per cent of all waste generated in OECD countries.

In the procurement of products, the environmental impacts of the available products can be estimated and compared, for example by using tools such as life cycle assessments. When construction contracts are procured, assessing the suppliers’ environmental capabilities can be more challenging, as the contract to be procured has not yet been performed. However, at the same time, there are considerably more opportunities to steer the construction towards more environmentally friendly alternatives.

In the thesis, it is suggested that the environmental requirements and the environmental criteria for tender evaluation should be used in combination, in order to safeguard environmental performance in the construction project and at the same time stimulate a green development within the industrial sector. In addition, the role of the client in ensuring that the environmental requirements are fulfilled during construction work is emphasised.

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Stockholm: KTH, 2008. vi, 16 p.
Series
Trita-LWR. LIC, ISSN 1650-8629 ; 2040
Keyword
Green procurement, Environmental management, Construction industry, Environmental criteria, Environmental requirement, EIA, EMS, Public procurement, Construction project
National Category
Other Environmental Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-4766 (URN)978-91-7415-001-8 (ISBN)
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2008-05-30, V23, V, Teknikringen 76, Stockholm, 10:15
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QC 20101125Available from: 2008-05-19 Created: 2008-05-19 Last updated: 2010-11-25Bibliographically approved

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