|Stage 1: Initial ‘Buying For Government’ standards are developed from existing environmental standards, external expertise or by the Commission and discussed at cross-Government Steering Groups.|
|Stage 2: Initial cost benefit analysis undertaken to provide indicative whole life costs and market capacity appraisal for the relevant product group.|
|Stage 3: A Cross-Government Steering Group reviews the initial draft standards taking into account Green Public Procurement criteria and agrees draft standards.|
|Stage 4: A partial cost benefit analysis and market capacity assessment is prepared (likely to be largely based on initial cost benefit analysis) and a review document published for a shortened stakeholder review period, as part of wider evidence gathering.|
|Stage 5: A full cost benefit analysis and market capacity assessment carried out and final draft standards developed.|
|Stage 6: Short stakeholder with other Government Departments and the results are fed back to the Cross-Government Steering Group.|
|Stage 7: The mandatory standards are finalised for SPPS Project Board approval.|
|Stage 8: The mandatory standards are submitted to the Defra Minister for final approval.|
|Stage 9: 3 month lead in period before the new standard goes live.|
Everyone knows transport is one of the major sources of carbon emissions. Government Buying Standards for transport focus on mandatory standards for car fleets and best practice guidance on public transport and waste collection services.
What does sustainability mean for transport and travel?
When it comes to travel, we all know how important it can be to adopt low-carbon emission modes of transport and avoiding unnecessary journeys.
That’s why Government Buying Standards for transport and travel focus on capping the permissible emissions for car fleets and following EU wide criteria for sustainable travel.
All central government departments and their related organisations must ensure that they meet at least the mandatory Government Buying Standards when buying goods and services in the product groups covered on this site.
Forthcoming changes in this area
The new Government Buying Standard for transport was published in November 2010 and will be mandatory for central Government departments from February 2011.
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Page last modified: 30 March, 2011