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EIA and green procurement: Opportunities for strengthening their coordination
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Land and Water Resources Engineering (moved 20130630), Environmental Management and Assessment.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4706-1623
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KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Land and Water Resources Engineering (moved 20130630), Environmental Management and Assessment.
2012 (English)In: Environmental impact assessment review, ISSN 0195-9255, E-ISSN 1873-6432, Vol. 33, no 1, 73-79 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

EIA plays an important role in enhancing the environmental performance of the construction sector. In recent years, the construction sector has been developing green procurement practices. Green procurement is a process that involves the incorporation of environmental requirements during the procurement of services and products. However, discussion on green procurement is rarely seen during the EIA phase. This paper addresses possible opportunities for improving the coordination between EIA and green procurement within the construction sector. The linking of EIA and green procurement has been postulated in the paper as an aid to strengthen the coordination between project planning and implementation. The paper is based on a literature review and is an outcome of an on-going research project concerning EIA and green procurement. This study indicated that it would be appropriate to introduce green procurement during the pre-decision phase of an EIA. In the present study, the opportunities for integrating green procurement at the stage of EIA are associated with the integration of project planning and EIA. Future research should investigate the mechanism through which the link can be established.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 33, no 1, 73-79 p.
Keyword [en]
Environmental impact assessment, green procurement, construction sector
National Category
Environmental Management
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-50050DOI: 10.1016/j.eiar.2011.10.007ISI: 000300745600010Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-83455260661OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-50050DiVA: diva2:460933
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Improving the environmental performance of the construction sector through linking green procurement and environmental impact assessment
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Swedish Research CouncilStandUp
Note

QC 20150624

Available from: 2011-12-01 Created: 2011-12-01 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved
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1. Linking environmental impact assessment and green procurement in the construction sector: opportunities and perspectives
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Linking environmental impact assessment and green procurement in the construction sector: opportunities and perspectives
2011 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The construction sector has been greatly responsible for environmental pollution and problems related to sustainability. Hence, there is a crucial need to improve the sector’s environmental performance. In terms of assessing the environmental impacts of the construction sector at project and strategic level, policy instruments such as project-based environmental impact assessment (EIA) and strategic environmental assessment (SEA) play an important role. Another policy instrument, namely, green procurement has started to gain attention in the construction sector. Green procurement is a process that involves the incorporation of environmental requirements during the procurement of services and products. However, discussions on green procurement are rarely seen during the impact assessment (EIA and SEA) phase. Moreover, the construction process is usually multi-tiered, involving several stakeholders with varied objectives, which often leads to challenges concerning the translation of information produced in the impact assessment phase into action (during the construction phase). Therefore, this thesis aimed at analysing the way through which EIA as well as green procurement can improve the coordination between planning and construction phases. The thesis is based on literature review and interviews. This study envisaged an inter-connected process for EIA and green procurement, and reviewed the state of the art to motivate the postulation of such an inter-connected process. In addition, this study also reviewed recent development within procurement contracts, and focused on partnering in the construction industry. The results indicated that it would be appropriate to introduce green procurement during the pre-decision phase of an EIA. Further, the thesis chose renewable energy as a parameter for green procurement, and explored the perspectives of various categories of stakeholders in the Swedish construction on the inter-link between impact assessment and green procurement. The perspectives of the interviewed stakeholders indicate that the inter-link is required. However, the interview results show that there is a tendency in the Swedish construction sector to adopt various commercially available environmental assessment and certification tools. Furthermore, the thesis has mapped directions for future research. Future study should focus on the establishment of mechanisms for inter-connecting impact assessment and green procurement. It should investigate how the inter-link could be facilitated by certification tools being adopted. The future research should also examine how the inter-link can be developed together with concerned stakeholders through partnering.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2011. vi, 22 p.
Series
Trita-LWR. LIC, 2060
Keyword
Environmental impact assessment, green procurement, construction sector, renewable energy
National Category
Environmental Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-50064 (URN)978-91-7501-218-6 (ISBN)
Presentation
2011-12-21, V3, Teknikringen 72, KTH, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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Improving the environmental performance of the construction sector through linking environmental impact assessment and green procurement
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Swedish Research Council
Note
QC 20111207Available from: 2011-12-07 Created: 2011-12-01 Last updated: 2011-12-07Bibliographically approved
2. Seeking sustainability in the construction sector: opportunities within impact assessment and sustainable public procurement
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Seeking sustainability in the construction sector: opportunities within impact assessment and sustainable public procurement
2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Growing concerns regarding sustainability have led the construction sector to adopt various policy instruments for reducing the impacts caused by construction activities. One such policy instrument includes impact assessment, which enables the construction sector to evaluate the environmental consequences of proposed developments at project (environmental impact assessment) and strategic (strategic environmental assessment) level. In recent years, the construction sector has also adopted green public procurement, which is a process whereby contracting authorities aim to procure services and products that meet environmental requirements. In certain contexts, green public procurement has extended to sustainable public procurement, which involves the incorporation of both environmental and social considerations in the procurement of services and products. Promoting sustainability in the constructor sector is a significant challenge. This challenge is primarily due to the requirement of high levels of cooperation among project stakeholders, on the one hand, and a lack of coordination between project planning and implementation on the other hand. Therefore, procurement plays a significant role as it establishes the tone for the interaction between contracting authorities and contractors. The overall aim of this thesis is to bolster the knowledge of promoting sustainability in the construction sector, with the specific aim of analysing the ways in which policy instruments such as environmental impact assessment and green public procurement can be reinforced to improve the coordination between planning and the implementation of sustainability considerations. This thesis conceptualises an inter-link between impact assessment and green public procurement, and identifies the opportunities to develop the inter-link. It is appropriate to plan for green public procurement at the pre-decision phase of an environmental impact assessment. The inter-link can be strengthened by involving contractors in planning for green and sustainable public procurement. One way to involve contractors is with the aid of competitive dialogue procedure, which is a procurement procedure that allows contracting authorities to hold discussions with contractors regarding the authority’s requirements. This study strengthens the conceptualisation that competitive dialogue procedure can facilitate green and sustainable public procurement. The various elements in a competitive dialogue procedure can enable the contracting authorities to ensure the consistency between the weight for environmental considerations in contract award criteria and the relevant preferences. This thesis also discusses key concerns for progress towards sustainable public procurement, which includes among others the incorporation of sustainability values in procurement decisions. In addition, this study identified certain discourses on future trends for green and sustainable public procurement. The discourses provide an opportunity for reflection, and thereby indicate that analytical support is required to develop criteria in a way that enables the evaluation of sustainable public procurement against the background of sustainability and justice regarding natural capital. Innovation must be promoted with a focus on sustainability values. Moreover, green or sustainable public procurement must be discussed between contracting authorities and contractors in light of its contribution to sustainability.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2014. viii, 59 p.
Series
TRITA-LWR. PHD, ISSN 1650-8602 ; 2014: 03
Keyword
environmental impact assessment; green public procurement; sustainable public procurement; competitive dialogue procedure; construction sector
National Category
Environmental Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-144885 (URN)978-91-7595-144-7 (ISBN)
Public defence
2014-05-23, D3, Lindstedtsvägen 5, KTH, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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QC 20140509

Available from: 2014-05-09 Created: 2014-04-30 Last updated: 2014-05-12Bibliographically approved

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