Sustainable Procurement

The City of Karratha is committed to delivering sustainable initiatives that support the community and the environment.

To support this commitment, sustainability may be included as a criterion in requests for quotations, tenders and applications to join a panel of pre-qualified suppliers from 27 April 2022.

Whilst the criterion may vary between procurement activities, suppliers should consider the following when responding to this criterion.
What are the environmental sustainability impacts and opportunities related to the goods and/or services I am offering?

The following table can be used as a guide when considering what the impacts and opportunities are throughout the life cycle of a good or service.


How do I respond to the criterion regarding my organisation's operations? 

For a supplier to demonstrate initiatives used in their own organisation to reduce environmental impacts the City is looking for things like:

  • Environmental Management System (EMS) certified to ISO 14001;
  • Uncertified EMS, noting some smaller businesses may not have yet implemented or considered EMS due to the size or nature of their business;
  • Measurement and reduction of carbon footprint and waste production;
  • Staff training activities;
  • Maintaining a register of environmental legislation;
  • Environmental/sustainability policies, strategies, procedures;
  • Setting targets, implementing KPI’s and measuring performance; and/or
  • Environmental manager, green champions, advocacy, leadership.

How do I respond to the criterion regarding the solution/s offered?

Environmentally preferable goods and services are those that have a lower impact on the environment over the life cycle of the good or service, compared to competing goods and services serving the same purpose.
Suppliers can offer environmentally preferable goods and services by:

  • Addressing the carbon footprint of a product or service throughout the life cycle (raw materials input, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, retail, use and disposal);
  • Use of goods/products or services with third party accreditation or self-declared labelling scheme (Eco-labels);
  • Considering supply chain impacts and how to use more local content (goods/services/resources);
  • Offering goods/products that are more efficient to operate and thereby reducing operating costs (including maintenance, consumables, energy, water and time); and/or
  • Considering end of life disposal costs and impacts.

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