Procuring green energy in the construction sector
2011 (English)In: 'IAIA11 Conference Proceedings'Impact Assessment and Responsible Development for Infrastructure, Business and Industry, International Association for Impact Assessment , 2011Conference paper (Refereed)
This paper intends to explore the opportunities for procuring renewable energy in the construction sector through impact assessment (IA). The paper draws attention towards a significant instrument called green procurement (GP). GP involves buying of services, products and also energy that meet environmental requirements. The paper is based on a study, which was carried out in order to envisage the link between IA and GP. The purpose of the study was, therefore, to gain an understanding on the potentiality of this link. The paper indicates that the link between IA and GP could facilitate the discussion on renewable energy procurement at the IA phase. The study also investigated various innovative partnership systems and made an attempt to understand how such partnerships could strengthen the link. The paper highlights that new partnering arrangements between the government, market and the public, which could ensure the delivery of commitments made during the IA stage, need to be adopted during such a linkage. Further, the construction sector, as a significant consumer of energy, could play the potential role of prime movers. Prime movers are actors who facilitate the diffusion and development of a new technology. Such a capacity could be tapped through linking IA and GP. The prime movers need not be restricted to one player; it could also be a constellation of partners. This network needs to be investigated in the future. Future research is imperative also in terms of the strategic mechanisms required to develop the connection between IA and GP.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
International Association for Impact Assessment , 2011.
impact assessment, partnerships, green procurement, renewable energy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-50095OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-50095DiVA: diva2:460988
31st Annual Meeting of the International Association for Impact Assessment 28 May- 4 June 2011, Centro de Convenciones, Puebla - Mexico
QC 201112012011-12-012011-12-012013-01-08Bibliographically approved