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3 August 2013 | Will Green
The government has announced eight procurement principles for construction projects derived from lessons learned from the Olympic Games.
London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games The Legacy: Sustainable Procurement for Construction Projects places sustainability at the top of the list of priorities for public sector buyers.
The guide, from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, said it “aims to help authorities deliver growth in a sustainable way, taking into account the importance of protecting our natural capital for future generations as well as our social and economic capital in the form of a capable and skilled workforce and small business and entrepreneurship”.
The eight principles are:
1. Seek a clear and public commitment to sustainability at the highest level of the organisation.
2. Prepare thoroughly: early consideration of sustainability.
3. Set specific, clear, and challenging sustainability targets from the outset.
4. Be an intelligent client: get the right people on board, define the project and set the budget.
5. Embed sustainability objectives throughout the team and supply chain.
6. Identify and use low impact, responsibly sourced products and materials and ensure good supply chain management.
7. Create a structure that supports a collaborative approach while maintaining an environment of challenge.
8. Organise procurement so services can be shared.