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Eco-innovation achieved through advanced policy and procurement mechanisms
Eco-innovation achieved through advanced policy and procurement mechanisms

The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, ‘Rijkswaterstaat’ (RWS), designed a life-cycle analysis (LCA) software tool which would assist them to carry out a LCA of building and renovation solutions. The tool enables designers to calculate the environmental costs of various designs and arrive at an optimal sustainable solution.

Innovation in public procurements -funding scheme  of Tekes in Finland
Innovation in public procurements -funding scheme of Tekes in Finland

In Finland, the public sector annually spends approximately €27 million on public procurement. By utilising innovation, the public sector can produce cheaper and better services for its citizens.

Aided by fresh solutions, the public sector can satisfy the demands of future generations. In order to support procurement of innovation, Tekes is providing incentives for preparing an innovative procurement.

The Baubook portal provides ready-made green technical specifications for small municipalities
The Baubook portal provides ready-made green technical specifications for small municipalities

The Baubook portal provides ready-made green technical specifications for small municipalities aiming at sustainable construction and supports as well the augmentation of green public procurement.

Act on the Promotion of the Purchase of Environment-friendly Products by the Korean Government
Act on the Promotion of the Purchase of Environment-friendly Products by the Korean Government

The Act aims to encourage the purchasing of environment-friendly products and services by means of mandating public agencies to responsible purchasing and supporting industry and household-level green consumption.

Strategic Procurement Programme for the City of Lahti (Finland)

The Strategic Procurement Programme for the City of Lahti is a city level plan for the strategic use of public procurement including PP targets and instruments related to business, innovation and employment policy, environmental policy and the productivity and quality of public service production.

New Bus for London: Diesel Electric Hybrid
New Bus for London: Diesel Electric Hybrid

Transport for London (TfL) is one of the UK’s forerunners of responsible purchasing of road transport vehicles. The “NewBus4London" (NBfL) is the first bus specifically designed for London in over 50 years. It uses modern hybrid technology and emits less than half the CO2 and NOx than a previous London diesel bus in service. It is the largest order of hybrid buses ever placed in Europe. Over the lifetime of the buses, TfL expect them to produce a substantial savings.

Stimulating sustainable consumption in public procurement

In order to promote sustainable consumption in public organizations, a method for considerate design in public procurement was developed by the region of Västra Götaland in Sweden. The method supports responsible purchasing by helping public organizations as well as architects and designers to reduce environmental impact when considering changing the business’s work environment.  

Criteria to stimulate green public procurement
Criteria to stimulate green public procurement

Using green public procurement can contribute to sustainable purchasing of products, reducing environmental impact, and at the same time save money for organizations. The Swedish Environmental Management Council (SEMCo) has been developing procurement criteria supporting public and private sectors, putting Sweden at the forefront among the Member States of the European Union.

VGR procurement policy and Considerate Design adds up to a “Green list” in the region of Västra Götaland
VGR procurement policy and Considerate Design adds up to a “Green list” in the region of Västra Götaland

To ensure more responsible purchasing, considering sustainable development, the region of Västra Götaland in Sweden has developed a method for sustainable procurement in public organizations. The method includes a “Green” list that can be used as a tool to help making sustainable choice when buying interior design products.

Procurement policy on goods distribution services for the Växjö region

Växjö municipality has reduced their environmental impact and cost by coordinating all consumer goods purchases through a consolidation center with joint distribution into the Växjö region. The purpose is to create a standard practice and inspire Swedish colleagues to set sustainability requirements for purchasing.

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