Green Procurement Guidance for the Public Sector

Summary: Guidance and toolkit to support the inclusion of sustainable and green practices into public procurement procedures in sectors such as: Construction, Transport, Energy, Food and Catering, Textiles, Cleaning products, Paper and IT equipment.

Published: 2014

ISBN: 978-1-84095-551-4

Pages: 189

Filesize: 4,551KB

Format: pdf

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This guidance document was developed to assist the public sector to implement and maintain procedures for green public procurement.

Green Public Procurement (GPP) is defined as:

"A process whereby public and semi-public authorities meet their needs for goods, services, works and utilities by choosing solutions that have a reduced impact on the environment throughout their life-cycle, as compared to alternative products/solutions."

The concepts oflife-cycle analysis (LCA) and life-cycle costing (LCC) are at the heart of GPP, and require buyers and suppliers to consider not just the up-front purchase costs of a given solution, but its total economic and environmental cost from cradle to grave.. This has been driven not only by the emphasis on environmental responsibility, but also by the need to reduce costs. For example: buying IT equipment or vehicles which are more energy efficient and are designed to maximise their useful life and end-of-life value makes good economic and environmental sense. In many cases, ‘GPP’ can stand for ‘good public procurement’ as well as green.