Procuring green energy in the construction sector: perspectives on inter-connecting green procurement and impact assessment
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The construction sector consumes significant quantities of energy, thus contributing to almost 50 percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions. The construction sector must consider a renewable component to their energy procurement as a means to improve their environmental performance. In order to improve the sector’s environmental performance, various policy instruments have been adopted. This paper draws attention towards policy instruments, namely, green procurement and impact assessment. Green procurement involves the procurement of services, products and also energy that meet environmental requirements. Impact assessment is a process used to evaluate the environmental impacts of a proposed development, and also to plan mitigation measures. This paper primarily uses the conceptualisation of the inter-link between impact assessment and green procurement. Furthermore, a literature review was conducted to identify some of the priority areas that could encourage the procurement of renewable energy in the construction sector. These priority areas include partnerships, planning at early stages of the project development for renewable energy procurement, renewable energy technology and policy integration. Additionally, interviews were conducted with various categories of stakeholders in the Swedish construction sector. The interviews focused on the inter-link between impact assessment and green procurement, and the priority areas for encouraging the procurement of renewable energy. The interview responses show varied perceptions on the inter-link. Nonetheless, most of them acknowledge the need for the inter-link. The interview process indicates that there is a prevailing tendency within the Swedish construction sector to adopt various commercially available environmental assessment and certification tools. Furthermore, the stakeholders regard partnerships and planning at early stages as the topmost priority areas to consider. The interview process helped in mapping the direction for future research. Future research should investigate the contribution of impact assessment process towards the procurement process. This should also include the establishment of mechanisms for inter-connecting green procurement and impact assessment. In so doing, future research should also examine how the inter-link could be facilitated by certification tools. In addition, the future research should examine and discuss how partnerships need to be arranged within the context of the inter-link.
impact assessment, partnerships, green procurement, renewable energy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-50057OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-50057DiVA: diva2:460934
ProjectsImproving the environmental performance of the construction sector through linking environmental impact assessment and green procurement
FunderSwedish Research Council FormasStandUp
QC 201112062011-12-012011-12-012016-04-20Bibliographically approved