Contractors, Agencies Struggle to Measure ‘Greenness’ of Purchases

April 3, 2013

Three years ago, the General Services Administration came up with a plan to give preferential treatment to contractors that track their greenhouse gas emissions. So far, that plan remains a goal rather than a reality.

GSA recruited about 80 small businesses in 2010 to participate in a pilot program to track their emissions, but businesses slowly dropped out. GSA shut the program down in November — nearly nine months early — because low participation made the program too expensive.

Small and medium-sized businesses will have a tough time keeping track of and reporting greenhouse gas emissions, said Jeffrey Harris, senior vice president for programs at Alliance to Save Energy.

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