The U.S. General Services Administration announced last week the GreenGov Supply Chain Partnership and Small Business Pilot, a voluntary collaboration between the federal government and its suppliers to create a greener, more efficient supply chain.
The GreenGov Supply Chain Partnership is a pilot program to promote clean energy and cut waste and pollution in the federal supply chain using greenhouse gas emissions as a measurement. Federal suppliers that join the GreenGov Supply Chain Partnership agree to voluntarily measure and report their organization's greenhouse gas emissions. Participating companies will share their experiences to help GSA develop a phased, incentive-based approach to developing contracting advantages to companies that track and disclose their greenhouse gas emissions.
The partnership includes a Small Business Pilot Program that will explore the benefits and challenges of measuring greenhouse gas emissions with small business participants. Small businesses that have enrolled in the pilot will receive technical assistance through GSA to measure, report, and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions as a part of the effort.
"The federal government is the single largest energy consumer in the U.S. economy and purchases more than $500 billion in goods and services every year," commented Chair Sutley. "It is our responsibility to lead by example to improve efficiency, eliminate waste, and promote clean energy in our supply chain."