Monitoring the Shift to Sustainable Consumption and...

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This report constitutes an initial proposal to support the monitoring of SCP-related targets of the SDGs, using the SEEA framework. The report also proposes the development of a strategy for capacity building in the context of responding to the need for harmonized and quality assured indicators.
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Sustainble Consumption and Production Indicators for...

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The present discussion paper highlights a number of potential indicators for a sub-‐set of the SCP‐related targets in the proposed SDGs. The purpose is to contribute to the development of an integrated, science­‐based set of indicators to monitor progress towards SCP patterns which supports the achievement of the SDGs.
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Webinar presentation on ''Human Rights and Sustainable...

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The webinar on “Human Rights and Sustainable Procurement: Emerging good practices and lessons learned” was hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, Cities and Lifestyles Unit, this webinar is co-organized with ICLEI and the International Learning Lab on Public Procurement and Human Rights, in the framework of the Sustainable Public Procurement Programme of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns. The objective of the webinar was to highlight human rights as material risks affecting public supply chains for goods such as electronics, apparel, food, and services such as healthcare and security and identify emerging good practices and lessons learned from recent practitioner experiences of integrating human rights safeguards.
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Asia-Pacific GPPEL Webinar: The Linkages between GPP &...

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This is the presentation from the Asia-Pacific GPP & Ecolabelling Webinar on the "Linkages between GPP & Ecolabelling", held on July 29, 2016, focused on the experience of China and Japan in the combined use of GPP and ecolabelling. Main speakers: - Mr. Kobayashi Hiroyuki, EcoMark Office, JEA - Ms. Zhang Xiaohui, CEC, MEP, China The Asia-Pacific GPPEL project, i.e. “Strengthening the capacities and improving the knowledge on green public procurement and ecolabelling in the Asia-Pacific region”, co-funded by China's Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP), and the Korean Environmental Industry & Technology Institute (KEITI) started in 2013 and mainly aims at strengthening SPP and ecolabelling in the Asia-Pacific region, based on the expertise of China, Japan and South Korea in the combined use of SPP and ecolabelling.
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PUBLIC PROCUREMENT OF LED LIGHTING IN EUROPEAN UNION...

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The report provides a detailed overview of the current status of Green Public Procurement (GPP) activities in European Union Member States. Based on the analysis of the present situation and future plans in individual countries, recommendations are made for LED specifications.
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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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SUSTAINABLE PUBLIC PROCUREMENT: A GLOBAL REVIEW 2013

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This report contains the findings of an investigation into the national government SPP/GPP policies and practices around the world. The policies, programmes, drivers, barriers, needs and opportunities in SPP/GPP are examined, based on an analysis of recent literature and online resources, and interviews with 20 leading experts on SPP/GPP. Six case studies that delve deeper into particular countries' recent experiences with SPP/GPP accompany the report. The result is a global view that considers the challenges and opportunities for SPP/GPP in different governmental, regulatory and socio-economic contexts, and highlights the evolution of SPP/GPP in recent years. The report has two objectives — to provide a qualitative overview of the drivers, challenges and trends in SPP/GPP, and to articulate a framework for subsequent quantitative data gathering.
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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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Procurement at UNDP: Enabling development results

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Driven by the growth of programme areas, procurement has become increasingly central to the achievement of development results. While UNDP addresses a number of climate change issues across its thematic focus areas, these problems cannot be tackled without making a shift to more sustainable production and consumption practices. Sustainable procurement means making sure that the products and services UNDP buys are as sustainable as possible, with the lowest environmental impact and most positive social results. Procurement, therefore, plays a key role in contributing to sustainable development.
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Governmental Use of Voluntary Standards: Innovation in...

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The report aims to provide an overview of the models of governmental engagement in using voluntary standards. This study is based on ten country case studies that were developed through the “Governmental Use of Voluntary Standards” project, carried out by International Social and Environmental Accreditation and Labelling Alliance (ISEAL Alliance) in collaboration with the Trade Standards Practitioners' Network (TSPN) and with the support of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the World Bank and the Entwined research partnership. According to the conclusions drawn by this paper, the governmental use of voluntary standards is characterised by diversity (governance, mission motivations for engagement, institutional arrangements and implementation mechanisms, policy outcomes) coupled with the evidence of its widespread use around the world (in countries with different levels of development). The voluntary standards have established themselves as effective, flexible tools to accompany and support governmental policy. However, for its further development a number of issues should be addressed: availability of information on the best practices, foster opportunities for shared learning, and strengthen credibility and accountability of voluntary standard systems.
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The Business Case for Eco-Innovation

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This publication sets out to demonstrate the compelling business case for eco-innovation and how it can enable your company to carve out commercially interesting opportunities. You are presented with examples from companies that have integrated eco-innovation at the core of their business strategy. The findings demonstrate considerable business benefits including: increased market access, value creation and business growth (with an average annual growth of 15 % from eco-innovative companies) along with increased operational resilience. As a result of eco-innovation, these companies are developing new solutions and products1 which can perform above industry standards. With global resource scarcity and environmental degradation presenting growing challenges for business, along with related market and regulatory pressures, companies are facing a need to think more strategically about the sustainability of their business. Eco-innovation can help transform these challenges into new market opportunities.
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Sustainability of Supply Chains and Sustainable Public...

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Sustainable public procurement often draws upon a worldwide market – globalization in the business sector has resulted in dramatic growth in the cross- border movement of commodities and goods. As a result, we now see an increase in the complexity of supply chains, with products imported from a variety of countries where different social and economic regulatory frameworks prevail. In order to become more sustainable, public procurement thus has to deal with an increasing number of environmental, social or ethical issues at all stages of the supply chain.. This pre-study assesses state of the art regarding sustainable supply chain management and how it relates to public procurement by zeroing in on two product groups – timber and textiles.
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