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The Asia Pacific Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption (APRSCP) is an international, nongovernmental, non-profit, network institution that promotes sustainable consumption and production (SCP) in the Asia-Pacific. APRSCP came into being after a regional meeting on cleaner production in Thailand with the support from United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and other partners.
Sustainable Public Procurement in Japanese Local Governments: A Multicity and U.S. Cross-comparative Analysis
Within Japan and the U.S., many cities have struggled to implement their sustainable procurement policies. This project examines the factors facilitate/inhibit Japan’s (as compared to the U.S.’) local level SPP implementation, and the potential SPPs have for facilitating a low greenhouse gas economy. It recommends immediate actions for local Japanese and U.S. governments to improve SPP implementation, and offer critical policy advice on the ideal institutional arrangements for SPP success.
Mainstreaming SPP in the Western Cape Province through performance-based procurement (10YFP Trust Fund Project)
Enabling the introduction of output, functional or performance-based (PB) procurement to public in the Western Cape has been identified as an innovative and complementary addition to existing SPP knowledge and practice. The International Institute for Sustainable Development together with WWF South Africa is working with the Western Cape province to analyze the barriers to PB procurement and provide solutions with the ultimate aim to scale-up the use of SPP as a driver of the green economy.
"Mainstreaming SPP in the Western Cape Province through performance-based procurement" is a 10YFP Trust Fund Project.
Transform Together is a multi-stakeholder partnership created to support the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with a focus on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12, Responsible Consumption and Production. Transform Together does this by identifying, sharing and advocating - through existing networks and policy processes – the identified scaleable and replicable sustainable consumption and production (SCP) practices.
GREEN MIND (occurring annually since 2012) provides a unique platform for communication and partnerships among members of businesses, governments, science and the public in their common endeavour for sustainable development. The Forum promotes the concepts of sustainable production and consumption, certified sustainable products, and green lifestyles amongst others.
The project was aimed at combining sustainable public procurement and eco-labelling to stimulate the demand and supply of sustainable products in target countries and regions. It aimed to establish the foundations for the development of successful eco-labelling and SPP policies and supported countries in the design and implementation of effective SPP and eco-labelling action plans.
The project was implemented in a number of different countries across Latin America, Africa and Asia.
In "core countries" with established eco-labelling programmes (Brazil, Vietnam and Colombia), the aim was to implement UNEP’s SPP Approach combined with a proactive use of eco-labels. In other countries with no pre-existing eco-labelling programmes ( Ecuador, Panama, Peru, Costa Rica, Chile, Argentina, Sri Lanka, Morocco, Mauritius, Togo, Mongolia) the project focused on the development and implementation of SPP policies, together with awareness-raising activities about the opportunities that eco-labels represent for the strengthening of the national SPP programme.
Initiated and co-ordinated by ICLEI, Procura+ is a network of European public authorities that connect, exchange and act on sustainable and innovation procurement. Our combined knowledge and experience allows us to provide advice, support and publicity to any public authority that wants to implement sustainable and innovation procurement. The Procura+ Network joins forces to champion sustainable and innovation procurement at the European level.
The Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement is a group of 14 cities committed to drive a transition to sustainable consumption and production by implementing sustainable and innovation procurement. All participating cities are acting as ambassadors of sustainable procurement to lead to a resource efficient, low carbon and socially responsible society.
10YFP SPP Working Group 1a - SPP Tender Implementation and Impact Monitoring in in the East Asia region
The working group “SPP Tender Implementation and Impact Monitoring” acts as a lighthouse project and provides support to purchasing bodies in the East Asia region to procure the best available sustainable products and services in sectors which are highly relevant in terms of potential energy and CO2 emission reductions and social impacts. Among East Asian countries China and Korea are the main focus of this working group.
The Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council convenes buyers, suppliers, and public interest advocates to develop programs that simplify and standardize sustainable purchasing efforts by large organizations. In just three years, the Council has attracted more than 180 members from diverse regions and sectors with collective buying power of $300b; produced Principles, Guidance, and other resources; and launched a Sustainable Procurement Benchmarking tool. SPLC has an annual Summit in the US.
US EPA Recommendations of Product Environmental Performance Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels
The US EPA Recommendations of Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels leverage the US federal government's vast purchasing power to bring clarity to the market, promote environmentally sustainable products, and realize lifecycle cost savings. Moreover, the Recommendations increase market confidence in existing private sector initiatives that have demonstrated positive, measurable, and meaningful change in the environmental performance of products and services.
SKL Kommentus Central Purchasing Body provides audit services to local Swedish authorities to monitor compliance with ethical and social requirements in public procurement through the service “Hållbarhetskollen”. The aim is to ensure that procured goods and services are produced according to sustainable and responsible standards. The audits are conducted throughout the supply chain. Hållbarhetskollen carries out the planning of follow-up actions, the selection of auditors, the publication of audit reports and ensures that appropriate corrective actions are performed by the suppliers.
In 2006 the Ministry of the Environment and the three largest municipalities of Denmark (Copenhagen, Aarhus and Odense) started the Partnership for Green Public Procurement (GPP). Since then nine municipalities, two regions and a water company have joined. GPP is an effort seeking to protect the environment and drive the market in greener direction by joint procurement measures. The municipalities are responsible for the majority of public procurement and constitute a considerable volume. Today GPP represents ~5,5 billion Euros/year – about 13 % of the annual public procurement in Denmark.
GPP is a shortcut to strengthen the specific work with green procurement and strong signal to suppliers on the market that they must have the best and most environmentally sound products. By setting and using uniform criteria it becomes easier for the suppliers to comply with the criteria. The idea is: the more authorities using GPP's criteria the more effect it will have on the market.
At GECA, we’re challenging businesses, government agencies, industry groups and non-governmental organisations around the world to take our Positive Procurement Pledge. Pledgers will commit to developing, documenting and implementing a sustainable procurement policy to govern all purchasing decisions by 31 December 2020 (if not already). The pledge is open to any organisation – regardless of its sector, size and location – that is involved in procurement decisions and processes.
Through this initiative, the Procurement Agency of the State of Uruguay aims to align the public procurement policy with the government program, transforming the public procurement system into a promoter of sustainable development, promoting the production of sustainable goods and services.
"Towards a Sustainable Public Procurement System in Uruguay" is a 10YFP Trust Fund Project.
The Indian Railways operates 19,000 trains daily, transporting 23 million passengers per day. As a part of an overall strategy to shift to renewable energy, Indian Railways has come up with a policy for setting up grid-connected rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) projects to be developed at offices, buildings, railway stations of zonal railways. This would help India achieve its 2030 emissions reduction goals as well as improve energy security by reducing fossil fuel import.
The government of India issued an order in 2012 to enhance the share of procurement from Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs). In response to this order, Indian Railways took measures to increase access of MSEs to tenders and enhance the share of MSEs in its procurement by setting up indicators and tweaking its e-procurement system for monitoring procurement from MSEs sector. As a result, Indian Railways raised the share of MSEs procurement from about 12% in 2012 to about 25% in 2016-17.
One of the biggest challenges for implementing sustainable procurement policy on the ground is the lack of awareness among stakeholders. The stakeholders, who are deeply engaged in the procurement process, are often not aware of the nuances of sustainable procurement i.e. what, why and how? This blog aims to fill this gap by addressing their concerns. Since beginning in 2013, it has been accessed more than 21,000 times by stakeholders from more than 30 countries around the world.
The Basque Country is a region in Spain with a population of over two million. The Basque Government has incorporated GPP into its strategic environmental programmes since 2004, and IHOBE - its Environmental Management Agency - promotes GPP and provides technical support for its implementation to all public administrations in the region, based on the objectives and actions defined in specific GPP policies (the most recent from 2016).
Swedwatch's helpdesk for contracting authorities support and guide public procurers in their efforts to include human rights considerations into their purchasing practices. This include risk-assessments, trainings, lectures and auditing of suppliers, as well as support with phrasing of contract clauses.
GCSG is co-founded by the Environmental Certification Center of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the China Environmental United Certification Center and other agencies with voluntary participation of relevant enterprises, universities, research institutes and social organizations. With “innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared” development as its mission, GCSG will develop a strong alliance covering all social forces, conduct joint study and facilitate the development of “green consumption” and “green supply chain”.
The European Commission has granted funding for the three year project "Make ICT Fair". The project aims to reform ICT supply chains through, among other things, public procurement and raising awareness of EU citizens and other target groups. Swedwatch is lead partner and will, along with eleven other partners work with workshops, training, policy development and a number of other activities.
Green public procurement is implemented in accordance with the Act on Promotion of Purchase of Green Products in 2005. The government agencies are obliged by the Act to submit an implementation plan on green purchase of the year and the performance records of the previous year to the Ministry of Environment (MoE) at the beginning of each year.
The aim of this project is to build up a B2B database / website for traders of sustainably certified products. Public and private purchasers can use the database to find traders / suppliers of products certified according to various sustainability standards. The project starts with (textile) merchandising products, but will include products from other product in next steps. The regional focus at the beginning is Switzerland, but we happy to collaborate with possible partners.
During this project a detailed toolkit on how to deploy innovation procurement has been drafted. The eafip team provided trainings and hands on legal and economic assistance (in collaboration with daughter company Vtrek) pertaining to the implementation of innovation procurement projects taking the form of Pre-Commercial Procurement and Public Procurement of Innovative solutions.
The UNOPS Possibilities programme is about exploring and unlocking the potential of local SMEs and traditionally disadvantaged businesses to work with UNOPS.
The programme comprises of the Possibilities Portal and UNOPS Possibilities (UP) Forum. The portal provides the opportunity for SMEs to showcase their solutions. The UP Forum is a capacity building event strengthening national capacity and inspiring businesses to be successful and how to work with the UN.
Since 2016, UNOPS has been delivering training in Sustainable Procurement. Developed in partnership with UNOPS, UN Environment, SUN and ITC-ILO, this course is based on Buying for a Better World: A guide on Sustainable Procurement for the UN system.
Project results " “Stimulating the demand and supply of sustainable products through Sustainable Public Procurement and Ecolabelling” (SPPEL) Colombia"
Main results: Legal Study for the implementation of SPP in Colombia (2009); Technical assistance in 9 public ministries for SPP implementation ; Market study (2010); SPP Implementation Guide for Colombia (2016); 28 technical sheets of products with sustainable criteria; national training on SPP; Definition of National Action Plan; Definition and implementation of the methodology of Cost-Benefit Analysis; Incorporation of sustainable criteria at national level.
The Sustainable United Nations (SUN) Facility of UN Environment supports UN organizations in their journey towards climate neutrality and environmental sustainability. In line with this objective, since the initiation of its work in 2008, SUN has been a frontrunner in raising awareness, building capacities, supporting initiatives and promoting the uptake of Sustainable Procurement within the UN system both at a policy and operations level.
This project supports the institutionalisation and implementation of green public procurement and eco-labelling of ASEAN countries through policy consultation and technical support tailored to the needs of partner countries. The project will initially support two priority countries (Thailand and Viet Nam) in the ASEAN region from 2017 to 2018. The outcomes and lessons learned will be disseminated to other countries in the region with a possible follow-up project covering additional countries.