Sustainable Acquisition Overview
The U.S. Department of Energy Environmentally Sustainable Acquisition Program Handbook serves as an overview and guidance to DOE program and field elements on Sustainable Acquisition as an integrated component of environmental management and purchasing systems within DOE. The Handbook describes the policies, guides, procedures, roles and responsibilities, and reporting that comprise the Sustainable Acquisition Program at DOE and provides links to relevant Web sites.
U.S. Department of Energy policy is to implement the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), which for Sustainable Acquisition is to a) implement cost-effective contracting preference programs promoting energy-efficiency, water conservation, and the acquisition of environmentally preferable products and services; and b) employ acquisition strategies that affirmatively implement the following environmental objectives: 1) maximize the use of environmentally preferable products and services (based on EPA-issued guidance), 2) promote energy-efficiency and water conservation, 3) eliminate or reduce the generation of hazardous waste and the need for special material processing (including special handling, storage, treatment, and disposal), 4) promote the use of nonhazardous and recovered materials, 5) realize life-cycle cost savings, 6) promote cost-effective waste reduction when creating plans, drawings, specifications, standards, and other product descriptions authorizing material substitutions, extensions of shelf-life, and process improvements, 7) promote the use of biobased products, 8) purchase only plastic ring carriers that are degradable (FAR 23.703).
Implementation of the policy is defined in the Department of Energy Acquisition Regulation (DEAR), Section 923.1 "Sustainable Acquisition."