American Clean Skies Foundation Praises Move to Consider the Environment
The American Clean Skies Foundation is praising a federal move to consider more than just price when contracting for package delivery services. The U.S. General Services Administration, the Foundation reports, is proposing that vendors competing for a $1.5 billion government-wide contract for package delivery services be assessed on their ability to meet annual targets for fuel efficiency, greenhouse gas intensity and alternative fuel use as well as delivery prices.
“This new GSA contract beginning in 2014 could set an important new benchmark for government transport contracts, and GSA should be applauded for expressly recognizing that transport related pollution has quantifiable costs and negative impacts on federal agency operations,” Foundation CEO Gregory Staple said in a release.
“It makes sense for the government to compare the environmental performance of its current and potential business partners,” Staple said. “Proposed contracts like this show the Administration is serious about achieving greater reductions in air emissions and oil use.”
ACSF Helped Make It Happen
The proposed GSA solicitation is for express and ground shipping of an estimated 15 million to 35 million packages annually from federal agencies over a five-year period through 2018, ACSF says, noting that FedEx won the first such Domestic Delivery Services contract, and UPS was awarded the current contract (DDS2) in 2009, which expires in September 2014.
ACSF says that it urged the acting GSA administrator, Daniel Tangherlini, to require that the overnight delivery vendor that wins the government’s new business meet annual targets for reducing emissions, cutting petroleum and increasing the use of alternative fuel vehicles. The Foundation also suggested that GSA consider providing contract incentives based on the vendor’s environmental performance.
‘More Rapid Expansion of Electric and Natural Gas Vehicles’
“We are delighted that GSA carefully considered and adopted proposals we submitted last June,” Warren Lavey, senior regulatory counsel at ACSF, says in the Foundation’s GSA release.
“Spurring freight and package transportation providers to reduce petroleum consumption and toxic air pollution will decrease costs for government agencies and all shippers, improve public health, increase domestic jobs and enhance national security,” Lavey said.
“We hope the federal government continues to encourage a more rapid expansion of electric and natural gas vehicles,” said Brian Skretny, ACSF clean transportation program director.
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Source: American Clean Skies Foundation with Fleets & Fuels follow-up