Sustainability Non-Price Incentives and Rewards: A Collaborative Procurement Perspective

Kenley, R., Hampson, K.D., Bedggood, , J, Harfield, T., & Sanchez, A. (2014) Sustainability Non-Price Incentives and Rewards: A Collaborative Procurement Perspective. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Construction in a Changing World, in Kandalana, Sri Lanka, CIB - International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction, Kandalama, Sri Lanka.

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Construction scholars suggest that procurement processes can be used as mechanisms to change construction industry practices. This paper discusses industry changes as a response to the calls for integration of sustainability ideals into construction practices. Because major infrastructure construction has been identified as a key producer of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGE), this study explores collaborative procurement models that have been used to facilitate mitigation of GHGE. The study focuses on the application of non-price incentives and rewards that work together as a binary mechanism. Data were collected using mixed-methods: government document content analysis was complemented with data collected through focus groups and individual interviews with both clients and contractors. This report includes examples of greening procurement agendas for three Australian road authorities relating to collaborative procurement project delivery models. Three collaborative procurement models, Alliance Consortium, Early Contractor Involvement and Public Private Partnerships provide evidence of construction projects that were completed early. It can also be argued that both clients and contractors are rewarded through collaborative project delivery. The incentive of early completion is rewarded with reduction of GHGE. This positive environmental outcome, based on a dual benefit and non-price sustainability criteria, suggests a step towards changed industry practices though the use of green procurement models.

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ID Code: 79349
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Additional Information: Blind peer reviewed.
ARC grant linked to Swinburne authors on the paper. Australia’s Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre and project partners also provided funding for this research, Project 1.8 Sustainable Infrastructure Procurement. SBEnrc Partners: Queensland Government; Government of Western Australia; NSW Department of Transport and Maritime Services; John Holland Group, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Swinburne University of Technology, Queensland University of Technology, Curtin University of Technology.
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Keywords: sustainability, collaborative procurement, non-price incentives and rewards, GHGE reduction
ISBN: 978-1-907842-54-2
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014. CIB
Deposited On: 09 Dec 2014 22:27
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2014 23:21

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