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Government to learn from 2012 Olympics on sustainable procurement

The government has been talking to the 2012 Olympics’ sustainability advisers about how to improve its procurement across the board.

BRE chief executive and construction products leader for the Olympic Delivery Authority, Peter Bonfield told delegates at the Ecobuild conference that government is in talks over how to improve its procurement strategy in line with measures used on Olympic procurement.

Mr Bonfield said: “Everything we procured was about using proper practices so we have not had to simply buy the cheapest option.

“To evaluate procurement we had a strict system, of which environmental elements were around 25 per cent, but we found that if we were clear enough with the supply chain early on they came to us with the right answers.”

Mr Bonfield confirmed he was talking with government about how to improve its own procurement process based on similar models.

“If you give the supply chain time they will innovate and you end up winning everywhere,” he said.

“The idea that contractors are not innovators and are difficult to work with is rubbish.”

Meanwhile ODA head of sustainability Richard Jackson said the authority would launch a website in September to demonstrate sustainability case studies and project reports to allow lessons to be learned from trying to create the most sustainable games in history.

He added that the ODA was strict on contractors, saying there were a number of different contracts that did not start on time because the authority stopped work until they were satisfied with their environmental management plan.

“We are creating a movement with London 2012 that I hope will change the industry for the future,” he said.

Read Tom Fitzpatrick’s blogs from Ecobuild here.

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