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Sustainability criteria public procurement

  • Published on January 23, 2023

The Swedish National Agency for Public Procurement provide support to help contracting authorities procure goods and services that are more sustainable from an environmental, social and economic perspective.

By setting environmental requirements in public procurement, contracting authorities can contribute to achieving environmental quality objectives and to the Sustainable Development Goals.

 Sustainable public procurement can contribute to solving environmental issues such as greenhouse gas emissions, water usage, energy efficiency and use of resources, circular economy, waste, air, water and land pollution, sustainable farming and deforestation.

 In addition, by taking social considerations into account, contracting authorities can contribute to the responsible use of tax revenue and contribute to social sustainability goals. It may involve ensuring equitable working conditions for people who carry out public contracts and ensuring respect of human and worker rights in supply chains, offering people far from the labour market an opportunity for employment, or working to ensure that everybody, irrespective of ability, can participate in society.

 The sustainability tools and guidelines provided by the Swedish National Agency for Public Procurement help contracting authorities to utilize the potential in public procurement. The tools and guidelines consist of sustainability criteria, guidance to address sustainability in the entire procurement process, templates for labour law conditions and sustainable supply chains, checklist for accessible public procurement, LCC analyses and other LCC tools.

The sustainability criteria include 56 products within for example the area of construction, food, ICT, chemical products, funrniture and transports. The sustainability criteria are mapped against the Sustaniable Development Goals in the criteia service.

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