Case Study 8: The Story of Roubaix

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Lacking the power to implement waste collection and management practices, Roubaix had to find new ways to transition to zero waste. The Town is addressing waste at source, by creating a vibrant constellation of actors committed to reducing their waste, including families, schools and businesses.
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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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A Sampling of Successes in Green Public Procurement:...

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This is a compendium featuring six successful examples of green public procurement implementation in four different Asia-Pacific countries, namely Thailand, Japan, China and Korea. Each case study can be read independently and focuses on identifying the challenges faced in the implementation process, as well as the key factors that determined the success of the green procurement activities. The compendium was prepared by the Green Purchasing Network Malaysia in the framework of the Asia-Pacific GPPEL project (“Strengthening the capacities and improving the knowledge on green public procurement and ecolabelling in the Asia Pacific region”) run by UN Environment and supported by the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection and the Korean Environmental Industry and Technology Institute. The case studies were written with the contribution of green public procurement practitioners from the four countries involved, with the goal of showcasing successful examples of green purchasing in the public sector and inspiring policy makers to improve their green procurement practices.
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