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SP0020p1: Government Procurement for Sustainability Outcomes

Project leader name: 
Phillip Harrington
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This project builds on the results of CRC LCL project SP0009 (Policy and regulation for Low Carbon Outcomes in the Built Environment) which found that:

  • ‘Government procurement standards for offices have not been revised for many years…’ (p11 of report) and
  • ‘with the understanding that many jurisdictions are currently reviewing such policies and considering new performance requirements, we would strongly encourage those jurisdictions to understand of the importance and systemic benefits of setting high rather than low standards [for government procurement].’ (p35 of report).

Gather evidence to inform policy decisions and business cases for government procurement of new and leased buildings, and other products. Evidence includes “whole of life” asset costs and benefits and return on investment assumptions for these topics:

  • new high efficient, all electric and low carbon buildings.
  • requiring higher energy productivity buildings and other products, such as vehicles.
  • consideration for carbon neutral certification through the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS).
  • provision of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
  • provision for local energy trading from a microgrid ecosystem featuring renewable energy and storage on building sites.
Building types included:
  • offices
  • datacenters
  • places of education
  • hospitals.
Locations included:
  • capital cities
  • regional cities and towns.


Publications related to this project

CRCLCL Project Reports

This project, commissioned by the Co-operative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL), aims to advance an important aspect of the National Energy Productivity Plan:  specifically, Item 12, ‘improving energy productivity in government’.