Western Cape to implement green procurement plan

22 February 2012

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22 February 2012 | Angeline Albert

The Western Cape Government is to become the first province in South Africa to incorporate environmental criteria into its procurement processes. The white paper will be published and made available for public consultation in six months.

The provincial authority has announced it is drafting a green procurement white paper so environmental measures become part of supply chain management.

The regional government proposes to mandate public buyers to consider the province’s strategic plan, which contains green goals. The white paper is expected to include a requirement that 15 per cent of the electricity procured by the province’s purchasers be from renewable sources by 2014.

Helen Zille, premier of the Western Cape, has set green objectives to ensure 10 per cent of energy and water is saved in offices owned by the regional government and public buildings including hospitals.

“Our government is finalising the draft green procurement white paper, which will provide general principles and guidelines for integrating environmental criteria into supply chain management,” Zille said in her state of the province address last week.

She added the drafting of the white paper was a response to the United Nations Climate Change Conference hosted by South Africa at the end of last year, at which it was decided by international governments to adopt a legal agreement on climate change no later than 2015. South Africa wants at least 16 per cent of its energy to be generated from renewable sources within the next two decades.

 

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