19 March 2008 | Paul Snell
Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has launched a procurement programme to allow other public sector buyers in the capital to benefit from efforts to increase the energy efficiency of buildings.
It follows a project, led by Roger Simpson-Jones, director of procurement at the London Development Agency, to select suppliers to cut carbon emissions in 42 of London's public buildings by 25 per cent. This will in turn save £1 million per year on energy bills (News, 20 September 2007).
The approach involved combining specifications for planning, tendering and making improvements to the buildings into one procurement process, simplifying it for both buyers and suppliers.
There are also benefits from offering a large number of buildings in one go to provide greater economies of scale.
The aim now is to develop a framework that allows London's other public sector buyers to follow a similar procurement approach to help them reduce emissions in their buildings.
"The GLA group is taking the lead, but we want all London's public buildings to benefit from this programme," said Livingstone.