Strategy #1: Reduce Demand for Services

Reducing demand is the most effective way to reduce impacts associated with procurement. For professional services, this can be achieved by reducing overall demand for procurement of services, or by reducing demand for certain aspects of the service or deliverable provided by vendor (e.g., reducing business travel or paper deliverables). This section will address overall demand for services.

Internalize work

Organizations can consider opportunities to identify internal resources to complete work. For instance, an agency might tap its technology department to develop a software application rather than hiring a technology services firm. In this way, the operational emissions associated with development of these services remain with the purchasing organization, and benefit from the organizations operation GHG emissions reduction efforts.