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Increasing IA effectiveness by green procurement
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
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Land and Water Resources Engineering (moved 20130630).
2010 (English)In: IAIA10 Conference Proceedings 'The Role of Impact Assessment in Transitioning to the Green Economy', 2010Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this paper is to contribute towards the knowledge of increasing environmental performance of the construction industry by focusing on strengthening the links between project planning and project implementation. The paper identifies the possibilities for and the challenges involved in developing an interlinked process for Environmental Impact Assessmentand Green procurement. In order to enhance the environmental performace of the construction industry, demands have been raised to reduce the environmental impacts during all stages of planning and construction process. Application of green procurement is one way to take environmental issues into consideration. However, planning for green procurement at the stage of environmental impact assessment is still not evident in the construction sector.Since EIA is a legal requirement for almost all construction projects, the improved coordination between EIA and green procurement could strengthen the linkage between planning and construction phases.The possibilities and challenges for this coordination have been identified by focusing on the theory of integration of EIAwith planning.The consideration of EIA as a planning tool and integratingprinciples ofEIA within the design process of projects could provide space for the introduction of green procurement into EIA. Future researchshould focus on theanalysis ofthedimensions of institutionalization and the factors that influence the policy integration; link between activities and environmental aspects; and on developing a model for integratingEIA and green procurement.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-139331OAI: diva2:685259
30th Annual Meeting of the International Association for Impact Assessment, Geneva, Switzerland, 6-11 April 2010

QC 20150210

Available from: 2014-01-09 Created: 2014-01-09 Last updated: 2015-02-10Bibliographically approved

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