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.

Ministerio de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible. Colombia.

Implemented in

  • Latin America / Caribbean
  • Colombia

Sector of activity
Public Procurement

Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation, Policy Frameworks & Tools, Research, Analysis, Assessment

Type of lead actor
Government / public sector

Start date

End date

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Adriana Alzate

Business Manager

Centro Nacional de Producción Más Limpia (National Cleaner Production Center - Colombia)

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The project aims at providing capacity development and technical assistance to different stakeholders (policy-makers, procurers, businesses) on the development of SPP policies and the use of internationally recognized eco-labeling systems. In addition, project countries are assisted in the coordinated implementation of sustainable public procurement policies and eco-labeling.


Training in SPP and eco-labeling
Definition of a National Action Plan for SPP and Eco-labeling in Colombia
Implementation of public procurement processes including sustainability criteria
Creation of two new technical standards for two product categories for National Eco-labeling Program
Training and technical assistance to PyMES for National Eco-labeling certification
Strengthening of the National Eco-labeling Program with emphasis on international standards

Impact and Results

National Legal Study for SPP in Colombia (2009)
Technical assistance to public entities, including prioritization of goods and services and SPP implementation (2010 - 2016)
Market study for goods in the framework of SPP project (2010)
SPP implementation Guide for Colombia (2016)
28 technical sheets of products with sustainable criteria (2012 - 2016)
National Training for public entities (2012 - 2016)
Definition of National Action Plan for SPP (2016)
Definition and implementation of Cost-Benefit Analysis methodology (2016-2017)
Incorporation of sustainable criteria at national level (Colombia Compra Eficiente) (2017)
Help desk (2016) Ingresa a:
Technical assistance to private sector for implementation of National Eco-labeling system.
SWOT analysis for National Eco-labeling Program
Definition of National Action Plan for Eco-labeling (2016)

Next steps and how to get involved

The national project leaded by Minambiente needs to implement more technical aspects such as: technical sheets involving sustainable criteria considering life cycle thinking; human resource to guarantee technical support though the help desk implemented last year; improve the cost benefit methodology to evaluate the environmental impacts of SPP; technical assistance to public entities at national level; technical and economical support in order to implement the main activities proposed in national action plan for SPP and Eco-labeling; technical assistance to private sector to guarantee the supply of sustainable goods and services.