US EPA Recommendations of Product Environmental...

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The US EPA Recommendations of Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels - covering 20 product categories - 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.
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Using Product-Service Systems to Enhance Sustainable...

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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.
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The Impacts of Sustainable Public Procurement: Eight...

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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.
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Draft Guidelines for Product Environmental Performance...

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The draft guidelines were developed by EPA, the General Services Administration (GSA), and other federal agencies following several listening sessions with a wide range of stakeholders. The sessions focused on how the federal government can be more sustainable in its purchasing and how federal purchasers can best meet the numerous federal requirements for the procurement of sustainable and environmentally preferable products and services. Find out more on this topic here: http://www.epa.gov/epp/draftGuidelines/
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