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Climate Change and Environmental Policies
The following climate change and environmental policies, which are covered in the Treasurer's Instruction 1121 (in relation to goods and services) and the Treasurer's Instruction 1227 (in relation to building and construction/roads and bridges), apply to procurement:
Climate change is one of a number of factors that may be considered by Government buyers when planning their procurement activity. Fitness for purpose, quality, risk management, the capacity of the supplier to provide the goods or services, price and whole of life costs are also important considerations in the development of specifications, evaluation of offers and achieving a good value for money outcome.
The extent and manner in which climate change impacts are addressed in specifications and whether they are included in weighted valuation criteria will vary according to the nature of the procurement. For example, climate change considerations could involve looking for opportunities to reduce energy and fuel consumption, and consideration of waste disposal implications and criteria could include the supplier's level of commitment and capacity to deliver positive climate change outcomes, or consideration of the carbon emissions in the production and/or utilisation of a product or in the delivery of a service. Where relevant, climate change impacts should be considered over the full life cycle of the product, from production, delivery, use and disposal.
For the purchase of goods, this may include consideration of the sourcing, manufacturing, packaging, transport, ongoing running costs and impacts, and disposal of the goods.
For the purchase of services, this may include consideration of the goods and energy utilised by the service provider in the delivery of the service.
For the design and construction of buildings, roads and bridges, this may include consideration of climate change impacts of site choice, waste, materials, energy efficiency, construction techniques, water conservation and waste, etc in order to minimise the carbon footprint of the asset.
Consideration may also be given to the climate change and environmental policies, credentials and commitment of the tenderer.
Agencies can find examples of environmentally sustainable specifications for a number of products they purchase on the Australian Procurement and Construction Council website. Agencies may find these product guides helpful when developing tender specifications.
Decision making based on scientific measurement tools where available
Where climate change considerations are relevant, the impact of the class of goods or services being purchased should be understood, and relevant, authoritative and credible measures that can be utilised in the specifications and evaluation criteria should be identified as part of the planning and market research stage of the procurement.
Decision making should be based on appropriate evidence and independent science based measurement tools should be used wherever possible. Examples of credible sources include:
Where applicable, agencies may consider it necessary to seek details of appropriate certification of companies and products against relevant environmental standards.
Government agencies must give consideration to goods with the following attributes and options, so long as they represent value for money, are of appropriate quality and functionality, and there are no technical reasons for not doing so:
Where the price of an energy efficient alternative is higher, but all other evaluation criteria are assessed as equal, the purchase decision must be based on the value for money principle.
Examples of energy efficient goods include:
Government agencies must not purchase goods known to involve the use of ozone depleting substances (as defined in the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Regulations 1995), either as a refrigerant or in the production of insulating foams, unless no practical alternatives are available. Agencies must seek information from suppliers on whether the products offered involve the use of ozone depleting substances.
As there are strict legislative controls over ozone depleting substances, when decommissioning equipment that uses, or may have used, ozone depleting substances, agencies must ensure that every possible action is taken to ensure that residual amounts of these substances are recovered and disposed of in accordance with the law.
Further information may be sought from the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.
Government agencies must give consideration to goods with the following attributes, so long as they represent value for money, are of appropriate quality and functionality, and there are no technical reasons for not doing so:
Where the price of a viable recycled/recyclable alternative is higher than a non-recycled/non-recyclable good, but all other evaluation criteria are equal, the purchase decision must be based on the value for money principle.
Examples of products which reduce waste include:
Agencies must give consideration to goods with the following attributes, so long as they represent value for money, are of appropriate quality and functionality, and there are no technical reasons for not doing so:
Where the price of a water efficient alternative is higher, but all other evaluation criteria are assessed as equal, the purchase decision must be based on the value for money principle.
Examples of goods which are water efficient and do not contribute to water pollution include:
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