Evaluation framework for green procurement in road construction

Sanchez, Adriana, Lehtiranta, Liisa, Hampson, Keith D., & Kenley, Russell (2014) Evaluation framework for green procurement in road construction. Smart and Sustainable Built Environment, 3(2), pp. 153-169.

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Most barriers and enablers of sustainable projects are related to procurement. This study proposes a framework for evaluating green procurement practices throughout the lifecycle of road construction projects and demonstrates its application through an Australian case study.


The study is based on linking the phases of road construction with incentive mechanisms for proactively motivating behavioural change. A holistic view on utilised and potential incentives is attempted with a literature review and a state-of-practice review. The latter is based on interviews and 90 policy and procurement documents across five Australian states.


An evaluation framework with seven procurement stages is suggested to describe current state green procurement incentives throughout the delivery lifecycle of road construction projects. The Australian case study was found to provide useful data to identify gaps and strong points of the different states regarding their level of integration of sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions GHG) reduction elements in their procurement practices. This understanding was used to draw recommendations on future advancement of green procurement.

Originality/value: Government entities across the globe can impact considerably the achievement of sustainability and GHG targets, by using their procurement practices and requirements to create incentives for contractors and suppliers to engage in more GHG conscious practices. The present study provides a systematic account of how green procurement practices can be underpinned using the Australian road construction industry as a case study, and distinguish between strong and weak links in the green procurement chain to draw recommendations for future initiatives.

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ID Code: 66419
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: procurement, construction, sustainability, infrastructure, Australia
DOI: 10.1108/SASBE-05-2013-0028
ISSN: 2046-6099
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Current > Research Centres > Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Emerald Group Publishing Ltd
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Deposited On: 20 Jan 2014 23:09
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