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Greening procurement : a research agenda for optimizing mass-haul during linear infrastructure construction

Kenley, Russell, Harfield, Toby, Hampson, Keith D., & Kozan, Erhan (2011) Greening procurement : a research agenda for optimizing mass-haul during linear infrastructure construction. In Proceedings of Construction challenges in the new decade : the 6th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITV-VI), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, pp. 235-240.

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    Abstract

    Infrastructure construction generates a significant amount of global economic activity. Much of infrastructure construction is government sponsored through a procurement process. Currently the ideals of sustainability are not embedded in these processes because methodologies to measure green house gas emissions produced during infrastructure construction are yet to be developed. Both government road and transport authorities and contractors require these tools. As a way forward, an agenda for preliminary research focusing on a special case is suggested. As mass-haul is known to produce high levels of greenhouse gas emission it would make an excellent construction activity to explore. If it is possible to optimize the amount of handling and movement of soil, aggregates, and rock around projects, then it is possible that green house gas emissions could also be measure and optimized. Therefore a three-pronged research agenda is proposed, centered on mass-haul activity, in order to develop prototype methodologies and tools for green procurement processes that contribute to sustainability of the built environment.

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    ID Code: 51077
    Item Type: Conference Paper
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)
    Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
    Current > Schools > School of Mathematical Sciences
    Current > Research Centres > Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre
    Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 please consult the authors
    Deposited On: 27 Jun 2012 10:23
    Last Modified: 27 Aug 2012 11:12

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