What does “sustainable acquisition" mean?
Making the most of energy supplies and minimizing the adverse impacts of energy production and consumption are key facets of sustainability. When public and private entities buy energy-using and -producing systems, those decisions determine the long-term sustainability of those sectors of the economy. Acquisition is more than just purchasing goods and services. It is a continuum of actions from strategic planning through design and contracting to operations and decommissioning. Through research, education and technical assistance, the Sustainable Operations Group collaborates with acquisition professionals to enhance sustainability and productivity in the energy economy.