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24 April 2006Sustainable Procurement in Local Government: a Review of Local Authority Procurement Practices in Scotland

Report Summary

This study sought to review the existing guidance available for Local Authorities on sustainable procurement practices and to subsequently assess the extent of its implementation by Scottish Local Authorities.

The study is based on data from 13 of Scotland's 32 councils, where it was found that although the majority of Local Authorities had an Environmental Policy Statement, an Environmental Purchasing Policy and Standard Environmental Clauses to be included in tender documents, there appeared to be very few systems in place for gathering and weighting environmental risk factors when assessing tenders and awarding contracts.

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