WHAT IS IT?

Sustainable public procurement requires public organizations to look at the whole lifecycle of their purchases, buying goods, services and utilities in a way that is good for the organization as well as society, the economy and the environment.

Public procurement makes up between 10% and 15% of GDP globally—and as much as 30% in developing countries—so buying more sustainably can drive green markets, reduce negative impacts of an organization and produce positivebenefits for the environment and society.

The Sustainable Public Procurement Programme is championing sustainable public procurement as a tool to reduce procurement costs, promote sustainable consumption and production, support green economies and enable sustainable development. In addition to increasing knowledge of sustainable public procurement, it helps implement it on the ground by facilitating collaboration and better access to tools and technical advice from sustainable public procurement experts.

GLOBAL REVIEW OF SUSTAINABLE PUBLIC PROCUREMENT 2017

The advancement of sustainable public procurement practices is recognized as a key component in achieving sustainable consumption and production patterns.

The 2017 Global Review of Sustainable Public Procurement explores sustainable public procurement’s progress over the past three years, along with regional trends. The research investigated what 41 national governments are doing to promote, implement and measure the outcomes of sustainable public procurement to benchmark results and assess progress over time.

COLLABORATIONS

REGIONAL NETWORKS

Regional networks are vital to sustainable procurement strategies. They give procurement departmentsthe ability to learn from others, develop a regional supply base, and use joint procurement to benefit fromeconomies of scale, all while reducing their environmental impact and driving demand for sustainable suppliers.

The SPP Regions project has brought together 2,500 procurers from eight networks across Europe to focus on energy savings in public buildings; vehicles and transport; and food and catering. Together, these networks have published a 40 eco-innovative tenders are saving more than 380,000 tons of CO2 and 54,3 GWH/year of energy each year.

GREEN DEAL

Changing procurement practices is a cost-effective way to tackle sustainability in the supply chain. As part of the Green Deal project, more than 50 organizations in the Netherlands implemented circularity in 100 processes. Changes included: selling discarded products for reuse and refurbishment; contracts for remanufactured products or refurbishment as a service; modularity and flexibility in buildings; including recycled content (for example in textiles); new design principles in construction works and redesign of products and new circular services models for life extension.

LABELS

SUSTAINABLE PUBLIC PROCUREMENT AND ECO-LABELLING PROJECT

Plenty of countries have eco-labels, but many are for consumer products not often procured by the public sector. The Sustainable public procurement and eco-labelling project is working to make sustainabledecision-making simpler for procurement officials.

It supports developing and emerging countries in Asia and Latin America in the design and implementation of sustainable public procurement and eco-labelling action plans, providing them with tools, workshops, regional networking and pilot tender initiatives.

MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA PUBLIC PROCUREMENT INITIATIVES

For more than a decade, the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea has been tackling sustainability challenges through public procurement projects.

Initiatives have included the development of green public procurement guidelines, introduction of the Korea Eco-label, establishment of a Green Products Information Platform for purchasers, and a nation-wide online monitoring system.

State organizations are required to submit yearly green purchase plans and annual performance records to stimulate public demand and a green market. In one year, green public purchases more than tripled to $787million USD and the number of products certified by the Korea Eco-Label nearly quadrupled from 2004 to 2012.

TOOLS

REPORT PROMOTING THE PARTICIPATION OF SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZE ENTERPRISES IN GREEN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT

Small and medium size enterprises have a big impact on the world. They employ more than one-third of workers worldwide—52% in developing economies—and contribute to innovation and trade. But SMEs often face difficulties complying with sustainability standards, and their environmental impact can be significant.

Promoting the participation of Small and Medium Size Enterprises in Green Public Procurement outlines barriers that Small and Medium Size Enterprises face taking part in Green Public Procurement, as well as recommendations to integrate Small and Medium Size Enterprises into Green Public Procurement to improve their environmental performance.

EUROPEAN ASSISTANCE FOR INNOVATION PROCUREMENT

The European public sector faces big public interest challenges, like health and aging, climate change and energy, and resource scarcity; it’s also under pressure to modernize and deliver high-quality public services.

Innovation procurement empowers governments to obtain pioneering, customised solutions and give taxpayers quality services while saving costs: Studies show that innovation procurement creates on average 20% savings on public procurement expenditure – about one fifth of Europe’s GDP, or around € 2,400 billion a year.

Over the past three years, the European Assistance for Innovation Procurement initiative has been helping public procurers develop and implement innovation procurement through trainings, workshops, 12 videos and a knowledge-packed online toolkit. It also promotes benefits and best practices across Europe where, under Horizon 2020, there is increased support for groups of officials who collaborate on innovation procurement.

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