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Govt urged to heed energy savings in construction deals

The Environmental Industries Commission is calling on the Government to consider energy efficiency more carefully when letting public sector construction contracts.
The organisation - which represents 40 companies in the energy efficiency sector - has written to Defra minister Elliot Morley to urge the move towards more sustainable procurement.

EIC director Merlin Hyman said: 'Our members report that in most cases public sector projects procure the cheapest, most polluting option, even where whole-life costs are higher than with more efficient alternatives.

'For example one member company found that just two out of 70 public sector projects they tendered for earlier this year had specific energy efficiency requirements in the tender documentation.'

The EIC also cited a Construction News survey of 50 local authorities published in April, which found that nine out of ten contracts worth less than £3 million were let on lowest price, with two-thirds of deals worth more than £3 million also going to the cheapest bidder.

Mr Hyman urges the Government to review energy efficiency requirements in recently let public sector building deals to assess progress. He is due to discuss the issue with the minister next week.

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