One of CIHT’s key priorities is to reduce carbon emissions from highways, transportation and infrastructure sector activity. An area where there is considerable untapped opportunity is in the procurement of highways, transport infrastructure and services.
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CIHT have today released a new report, ‘Building carbon reduction into procurement processes’ that collates current best practice and outlines key recommendations that will have a real impact on the sector.
Sue Percy CBE, Chief Executive, CIHT said:
“Procurement requirements have a huge influence on how works are delivered on the ground, and the outcomes achieved from associated spend. In our new report, CIHT has examined the current landscape around carbon reduction through procurement and makes recommendations that will enhance current practices in the sector.”
“This review sought to understand the existing policy, guidance, and contractual mechanisms to reduce carbon emissions from highways and transport activity, gauge current levels of awareness and use of existing processes, and identify areas of success and where further development is needed.”
This report has been produced with support from CIHT’s Partnership Network.
'Building carbon reduction into procurement processes' includes an overview of current UK policy and legislation for carbon reduction, a collation of public procurement notes and industry standards for managing carbon, best practices from other countries including the Netherlands, Sweden and Australia and insights from industry leaders.
The review has identified and sought to addresses many challenges in the procurement process, including the crucial role that policy and legislation have in: driving adoption of robust carbon reduction approaches, limitations imposed through the way contracts are structured, how culture and behaviours can strategically position procurement for effective carbon reductions and the role of leadership in providing clarity of vision and strategic direction for carbon reduction.
CIHT has identified eight main areas where we are making recommendations in the report:
The project group was chaired by Mike O’Dowd-Jones, Strategic Commissioner for Highways and Transport Services, Somerset Council and David Ogden, Executive Director Asset & Maintenance Solutions, Colas Ltd with representatives from across the CIHT Partnership Network.
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