Sustainable and Efficient Transport
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Sustainable and Efficient Transport

Incentives for Promoting a Green Transport Market

Edited by Ellen Eftestøl-Wilhelmsson, Suvi Sankari and Anu Bask

The EU Commission has set the goal of facilitating a competitive transport system, increasing mobility and supporting growth while simultaneously reaching a target of 60 per cent emissions reductions by 2050. In light of past performance and estimated development, the target will not be reached without further behavioural change in the transport sector. This interdisciplinary book examines how such a behavioural shift can be achieved by various organizational and legal means, focusing primarily on the European Union and its specific policies related to greening transport.
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Chapter 10: The way of business contracts: How to promote (transport) sustainability and incentivize the green economy via Contract Management

Suvi Hirvonen-Ere

Abstract

While striving to meet their business goals, many industry sectors, including the transport sector, also endeavour to achieve sustainability- and green economy-related objectives. Although the imperative for greener trade is acknowledged, the development has been slow. In light of this, could Contract Management be established and expanded as a new methodology to accelerate the process? Yes, indeed it can. Contract Management, seen here as ownership of the business contract lifecycle and as the intra- and inter-company function managing contracts from the inception of a bid until the contract closeout, exercises control over contracts and a company’s contracting activity. Hence, Contract Management is capable of systematically driving the business contract process and transforming contracting practices in the corporate world. Contract Management methodology can also be utilized in a new manner, namely to advance (transport) sustainability, incentivize the green economy and help (transport) companies to progress from solely economically friendly to also environmentally friendly. This chapter explains how and why.

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