This is England's resource and waste strategy which is in alignment with the 25 Year Environment Plan, the aim of which is to leave the environment in a better position for future generations. Sustainable Consumption and Production is at the heart of this strategy, particularly in chapter 2 which outlines plans for a domestic ecolabel, plastics waste reduction, and proposed deposit return scheme for bottles, amongst other things.
Full report for download in English and its executive summary in French, Spanish, Italian, Polish and German.
This analytical report is part of the European Construction Sector Observatory (ECSO) and aims to provide insight into the Thematic Objective 2 “Improving the human capital basis of the construction sector” of the EU Construction 2020 Strategy. It provides an overview of the characteristics of the construction sector workforce in the EU-28, the main drivers and obstacles to the development of skills and the policy responses adopted by Member States.
Presentación sobre cómo introducir aspectos sociales en la compras sostenibles. Se analizan los beneficiarios de las compras públicas sostenibles y contiene orientaciones para introducir aspectos sostenibles en cada etapa del proceso de compra.
Presentation on how to introduce social aspects into sustainable procurement. It analyses the beneficiaries of sustainable public procurements and contains gruidelines on how to introduce sustainable aspects at every stage of the process.
Presentación sobre Contratación Pública Sostenible (SPP) que explica un método de priorización que enfoca los recursos en las áreas con mayor potencial para mejorar la sostenibilidad.
Presentation on Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) that explains a priorization method, which focuses resources in areas with the greatest potential to improve sustainability.
Procuring the Future Sustainable Procurement National Action Plan: Recommendations from the Sustainable Procurement Task Force
Informe del Reino Unido sobre su Plan de Acción Nacional de Adquisiciones Sostenibles, que contiene recomendaciones y buenas prácticas del Grupo de Trabajo sobre Adquisiciones Sostenibles.
Report from UK on their Sustainable Procurement National Action Plan containing recommendations and good practices from the Sustainable Procurement Task Forc
Informe que contiene la Estrategia de Adquisición de Ingeniería Sostenible 2011-2020 cuyo principal objetivo es reducir el riesgo de inundaciones fluviales y costeras y asegurar mayores beneficios ambientales y sociales.
Report containing the 2011-2020 Sustainable Engineering Procurement Strategy which main objective is to reduce the risk from river and coastal flooding and to secure wider environmental and social benefits.
Informe del Reino Unido que contiene una guía sobre el Marco Flexible, un mecanismo de autoevaluación que permite a las organizaciones medir y supervisar su progreso en materia de adquisiciones sostenibles a lo largo del tiempo.
UK report containing a guideline to the flexible framework, a self-assessment mechanism which allows organisations to measure and monitor their progress on sustainable procurement over time.
Declaración de Política de Compras Sostenibles del Departamento de Medio Ambiente, Alimentación y Asuntos Rurales (DEFRA) del Reino Unido. Esta política aplica cuando Defra adquiere bienes, servicios, obras y servicios públicos, y requiere que la totalidad del Departamento y sus dependencias asuman la responsabilidad de lo que adquieren y que sus proveedores los apoyen.
Sustainable Procurement Policy Statement from the Departmen for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) of UK. This policy applies where Defra is procuring goods, services, works and utilities, and it requires the whole of Defra to take responsibility for what it procures and for their suppliers to support them.
Presentación sobre la experiencia de comrpas sostenibles en el sector público del Reino Unido. Contiene información sobre el desarrollo sostenible y detalla la elaboración de políticas, el proceso de compras sostenibles y los logros alcanzados.
Presentation on Sustainable procurement experience in the UK's public sector. It contains information on sustainable development and it details sustainable procurement policy making, the procurement process and achievements.
Informe que presenta un estudio sobre las herramientas y bases de datos de adquisiciones sostenibles y proporciona un enfoque en tres etapas del paisaje de las herramientas de adquisiciones. La primera etapa contiene una biblioteca que cataloga y describe la función de las herramientas, la segunda etapa tiene una revisión de qué herramientas utilizan los profesionales de compras y aspectos y funcionalidades útiles, y la tercera etapa tiene un conjunto de recomendaciones para el desarrollo y trabajo futuros.
Report that presents a study on Sustainable Procurement Tools and Databases and provides a three-stage approach to the landscape of procurement tools.The first stage contains a library, that catalogues and describes the function and coverage of the tools, the second stage has a review of which tools procurement professionals actually use and useful aspects and functionalities, and the third stage has a set of recommendations for future work and development.
Guía para ayudar a las autoridades locales a implementar compras sostenibles. El documento establece los pasos básicos para convertir los objetivos de las políticas en resultados y propone un servicio más detallado. La guía presenta el costeo de toda la vida como una herramienta clave para obtener el mejor valor y tiene un paso a paso para ayudar a los compradores a implementar adquisiciones sostenibles.
Guide to help local authorities to implement sustainable procurement . The document sets out basic steps to for converting policy objectives into results, and signposts more detailedadvice. The guide presents whole-life costing as a key tool in obtaining best value and has a step-by-step to help buyers implement sustainable procurement.
Public Procurement and Human Rights Due Diligence to Achieve Respect for Labour Rights Standards in Electronics Factories: A Case Study of the Swedish County Councils and the Dell Computer Corporation
Estudio de caso que produce observaciones importantes en el proceso de debida diligencia de los derechos humanos para asegurar respeto por las normas de derechos laborales en la cadena de suministro global; y las posibilidades y desafíos para los compradores del sector público de responsabilizar a los proveedores por el fracaso de ejercer una debida diligencia efectiva.
Case study that yields important insights into the process of human rights due diligence to ensure respect for labour rights standards in global supply chains; and the possibilities and challenges for public sector buyers to hold contractors accountable for failure to exercise effective due diligence.
Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking and Human Rights Risks in Global Supply Chains: Roles and Responsibilities of Public Buyers
Resumen de las diferentes presentaciones sobre: Identificando los derechos laborales fundamentales y problemas de seguridad en cadenas de suministro globales; Avanzando la agenda para eliminar la esclavitud moderna; e Integrando cuestiones de derechos humanos y políticas públicas en las compras públicas.
Summary of the different presentations about: Identifying core labour rights and safety issues in global supply chains; Advancing the agenda to eliminate modern slavery; and Integrating human rights concerns and public policy goals in public procurement.
Reporte que provee una visión general de las compras sostenibles de servicios de catering para escuelas: las áreas problemáticas clave y un rango de soluciones prácticas dentro del marco legal provisto por la Directiva Europea 2014/24/EU. Analiza, en profundidad, casos de estudio con enfoques eco-innovadores en Italia, Dinamarca, Suecia y el Reino Unido; y presenta un inventario útil de recursos disponibles.
Report that provides an overview of sustainable procurement of school catering services: the key problem areas and a range of practical solutions within the legal framework provided by the European Directive 2014/24/EU. It analyzes in-depth case studies with eco-innovative approaches in Italy, Denmark, Sweden and the UK; and presents a useful inventory of available resources.
This handout shares a set of questions that help initiatives and campaigns explore how their work fits with eight principles for sustainable lifestyles campaigns and initiatives. These questions are presented as part of a strategic framework for understanding and determining audiences, setting goals, developing strategies, and measuring and responding as campaigns unfold.
This UN Environment report sets out a four-step strategy roadmap for fostering and communicating sustainable lifestyles, illustrated by 16 initiatives and campaigns from around the world. The report details eight operating principles and tips on how to apply them. The ultimate goal is to create tangible changes in the way people live their daily lives. This is the full report which includes concluding reflections; details on the principles; a workshop summary; and suggested additional resources.
Fostering and Communicating Sustainable Lifestyles: Principles and Emerging Practices (Summary Report) (2016)
This report sets out a strategy roadmap for fostering and communicating sustainable lifestyles, illustrated by 16 initiatives and campaigns from around the world. The report details eight operating principles and tips on how to apply them. The ultimate goal is to create tangible changes in the way people live their daily lives.This is the report summary. The full report includes concluding reflections; details on the principles; a workshop summary; and suggested additional resources.
This report finds that a variety of already successful building renovation approaches could inspire the future development of renovation policies to deliver deep CO2 savings and cut energy wastage. The study describes five replicable schemes from different European Member States and highlights trigger points for mandatory renovation that can lead to further uptake.
Product-service systems (PSS) are an innovative business approach that shifts the traditional business focus from selling physical products only (e.g. a washing machine) to selling a mix of products and services (e.g. cleaning services) that are jointly capable of meeting specific client demand (clean clothes). The key idea behind PSS is that consumers do not demand products per se, but are seeking the utility provided by products and services. One value-added of PSS lies in their potential to decouple consumption from economic growth, as they offer the possibility of meeting more needs with lower material and energy requirements.
This technical report examines the nexus between product-service systems and sustainable public procurement, drawing together international experience. The aim of this report is, in particular, to demonstrate how product-service systems can be used by governments in the context of sustainable public procurement (SPP) policies and initiatives, thus contributing to a more resource-efficient, low-carbon and inclusive green economy. Some examples of the use of product-service systems by government organizations are given in the case studies in Annex I.
This technical report was produced by working group 3A of the 10YFP SPP Programme.
The SPP impact study is a joint project of UNEP and of the Swiss-led Marrakech Task Force on SPP. The study aims at demonstrating the benefits of sustainable public procurement on developing, developed and in transition countries. It also seeks to initiate a methodology to quantify the sustainable
development and market impacts of SPP activities: increased availability of sustainable goods and
services, strengthening of productive capacities and export capacities, employment creation, improved labor conditions, reduced energy and water consumption, reduced GHG emissions, increased competitiveness of green industries, uptake of green technologies, more efficient use of natural resources, etc.
Indoor air quality, thermal comfort and daylight - An analysis of residential building regulations in 8 Member States
This report about indoor air quality (IAQ), thermal comfort and daylight requirements in selected Member States addresses a range of topics increasingly important for European buildings and their inhabitants.
The overall aim of the report is to provide an overview of the regulatory framework for IAQ, thermal comfort and daylight, and to highlight the importance of having appropriate requirements for thermal comfort, ventilation and daylight conditions. The report provides concluding recommendations for further policy development relevant for indoor climate.
The assessment focuses on the respective building codes for new and existing residential buildings in selected MS: Belgium (Brussels Region), Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Sweden and the UK (England and Wales).
A critical and comparative evaluation is provided whilst best practice approaches are highlighted.
Between 30 to 50% of excess winter deaths can be attributed to cold indoor temperatures, demonstrating the importance of thermal comfort and its link to fuel poverty. Key aspects to ensure good conditions for building occupants include thermal comfort, indoor air quality and daylight. Despite these links, the requirements for indoor air quality and thermal comfort are not comprehensive and clear enough in the eight surveyed countries. BPIE identified gaps in regulation to ensure that European citizens live in highly efficient, healthy, comfortable and well lit buildings. Considering that people spend 60 to 90% of their life in buildings, the subject should get a prominent space in legislation.
At the EU level, while indoor climate is mentioned in the EPBD, the importance of indoor air quality, thermal comfort and daylight has to be strengthened in a future recast. These aspects could be integrated in the Energy Performance Certification process as relevant information of the actual living conditions in the building. The co-benefits of thermal comfort and a healthy indoor environment should be taken into account when assessing the macroeconomic impact of energy renovation measures (e.g. reduction of health service costs). Such requirements should also be reflected in national renovation strategies as developed under articles 4 and 5 of the Energy Efficiency Directive.
Barking up the right tree? A scorecard of UK local authorities’ responsible wood and paper procuremen
This paper is addressing the problem of illegal logging* in the UK. The UK government is trying to tackle this illegal trade through the implementation of its commitments under the European Union's Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) action plan, published in 2003. Implementation of Agenda 21, the UN's action plan that relates to sustainable development, among other drivers, encouraged local authorities to take steps to implement sustainable procurement policies. The recommendations of the paper are drawn from the study of UK's (England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland) timber procurement policies.
- Local authorities should make it a mandatory requirement that they have a legal and sustainable timber procurement policy.
- More training and awareness raising on timber product procurement policy is needed.
- Local authorities should make better use of existing procurement guidance mechanisms.
- Local authorities should help create a level playing field for the timber trade.
*Illegal logging occurs when timber is harvested, transported, processed, bought or sold in violation or circumvention of national or sub national laws.
The aim of this research was to undertake an assessment of the impacts of the UK Government's timber procurement policy to date. The analysis focused on three key parts: the impact on trade and on sustainable forest management; the role of the UK Government as a leader in developing and harmonising timber procurement policies; and the role of CPET.
The overall aim of the UK Government's timber procurement policy (TPP) is to ensure that central government departments, their executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies only procure timber and wood-derived products originating from either legal and sustainable, or FLEGT licensed or equivalent sources. Local government is not mandated but is encouraged to adopt the policy.
The Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU) introduced in 2012 an important new dimension to the energy saving in buildings legislative landscape. Article 4 requires Member States, for the first time, to set out national strategies for the renovation of their building stocks, thereby filling a major gap in policy concerning the existing building stock.
The report focuses on 10 Member States (Austria, Belgium (Brussels Capital Region), Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Romania, Spain and UK) that submitted within 3 months of the April 2014 deadline and selected by BPIE for their building stock and climate diversity. The 10 strategies, while giving a spectrum of approaches and activities, do not set a clear, strategic path and most lack bold and determined action plans.
The report scores countries for each of the 5 requirements from Article 4, EED: overview of the national building stock, cost-effective approaches to renovations, policies and measures to stimulate cost-effective deep renovations, forward-looking perspective to guide investment decisions and evidence-based estimate of expected savings and wider benefits. Based on this scoring, BPIE finds that 3 strategies are non-compliant (Austria, Denmark and The Netherlands), 3 are only partially compliant (France, Germany and Brussels Capital Region) and 4 are acceptable but still show potential to improve (Czech Republic, Romania, Spain and the UK). Some strategies include elements which can be considered best practice such as financial support or a wider-stakeholder process, but are weak on other aspects, varying from country to country.
The report concludes that benefits need to be quantified better, not only in terms of energy, carbon and cost savings, but also in terms of economic impact, societal benefits and environmental improvements. Policy packages and support measures need to be developed in more detail to provide effective incentives to invest in deep renovation. It is also suggested that the European Commission should provide more effective guidance and that most strategies should be re-submitted with corrective actions taken.
Sustainable Procurement is a process whereby organisations meet their needs for goods, services,
works and utilities in a way that achieves value for money on a whole life basis in terms of
generating benefits not only to the organisation, but also to society and the economy, whilst
minimising damage to the environment (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK,
2006). Sustainable Procurement should consider the environmental, social and economic
consequences of: Design; non-renewable material use; manufacture and production methods;
logistics; service delivery; use; operation; maintenance; reuse; recycling options; disposal; and
suppliers' capabilities to address these consequences throughout the supply chain (Department for
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs UK, 2006).