Low carbon inclusions in Commonwealth and NSW government built environment sector procurement

15 May 2016

This report forms part of the deliverables for the CRC for Low Carbon Living project RP2010 'Informing and Trialling Low Carbon Inclusions in State Government Built Environment Sector Tenders'. The project is being undertaken in collaboration with UrbanGrowth NSW by Curtin University. The project is designed to collaborate with industry and state government to investigate ways to appropriately enhance the low carbon outcomes of built environment projects, initially focused on land development projects, through the project tendering process and including supply chain interaction.
The project will develop a 'Living Laboratory' with UrbanGrowth NSW focused on the trialling of the greater inclusion of low carbon related items in requests for tender, informed by supply chain engagement. The project draws on the expertise of two of the leading academics in this field, namely Professor Peter Newman (expert in sustainable development) and Professor Russell Kenley (expert in sustainable procurement). The project is supported by researchers at the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute (CUSP). The project will collaborate with the Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre (SBEnrc). 
This report presents a high level summary of the findings of a desktop investigation of the current level of inclusion of low carbon considerations in selected government procurement policies and associated documents. The focus of the report is on the Australian Government and the NSW Government, and in particular UrbanGrowth NSW. The intention of the report is to provide the precedent for greater inclusion of low carbon related considerations in the public procurement process. Further the report maps the suggested key areas of sustainability performance in the various documents to the ISCA ‘IS Rating Tool’ to demonstrate the comprehensive coverage of such items informing its selection as a framework to be used in the following stages of the project.