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Environmental sustainability and procurement Following an initial emphasis on contractual and procedural issues, organisational and managerial considerations are now firmly embedded in the mindset of researchers and, to a large extent, practitioners. However, there has been little work within W92 concerning the concept of environmental sustainability and procurement. Some researchers have begun to face this issue, including Pasquire (1997) and Elliot and Palmer (1997). Elliot and Palmer considered which procurement system was best able to accommodate environmental assessment, concluding that the traditional system or construction management (which both give the client a high degree of control) or partnering would be most effective.

Terms such as ‘procurement systems’, ‘partnering’, ‘new production philosophies’, ‘total quality management’, ‘client satisfaction’, ‘concession contracts’, and ‘BOOT projects’ are used to describe policies, practices or concepts interchangeably. For example, the partnering literature frequently describes a method, commonly generic for application by any client in any circumstance, to the extent that the term has become almost unusable. For efficient transfer of knowledge the concepts and principles behind partnering need to be exposed and distinguished from the methods or tools; appropriate methods or tools can be developed by practitioners to suit the circumstances.

First, design and build does not in any way adequately describe a procurement system. The issue of definition of procurement systems has been dealt with many times and was well described by Ireland (1984) in a paper entitled ‘Virtually meaningless distinctions between nominally different procurement forms’. Later in this chapter (pages 45–7) contract strategy is defined by a set of seven variables, but what must be borne in mind is that this view of contract strategy must then be put together with the whole procurement system with all the political, social and economic factors which impinge upon any project.

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