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.
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 aiming at sustainable construction and supports as well the augmentation of green public procurement.
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.
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.
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.
The Swedish Environmental Management Council has developed a tool for ecologically sustainable procurement to help public and private organizations make procurement processes more environmentally friendly, supporting responsible purchasing. The EKU-tool provides environmental criteria for different product groups, making it easier to define environmental requirements.
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.
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.
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.
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