Comparative Analysis of Green Public Procurement and...

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This report compares Green Public Procurement (GPP) programs from four leading Asian countries (China, Japan, Korea and Thailand) to understand what the frameworks and key success factors that result in high impact green and sustainable procurement are. It looks at their commonalities and differences with the goal of informing a more effective implementation of green procurement policies and programs across Asia. It will be beneficial for other countries in the early stages of promoting and implementing green public procurement, and it will give practitioners insights into the tools and approaches used to implement and promote it.
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NEWS FROM THE SPPEL PROJECT

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Welcome to the first edition of the Sustainable Public Procurement and Ecolabelling project newsletter!The SPPEL newsletter will keep you updated, on a bi-annual basis, with the progress and development of the UNEP SPPEL project which aims at accelerating the shift to SPP and the spread of eco-labelling. This issue will present the SPPEL project, and progress made at both national (p.3-4) and regional (p.6-8) levels. You will also find an interview of Arab Hoballah, Chief of the Sustainable Lifestyles, Cities and Industry Branch, on the importance of sustainable public procurement in developing sustainable economies (p.5). Last but not least, you will also be able to discover more about the communication strategies used in the project (p.9) and get connected to all SPP & EL-related news around the world (p.10). Enjoy your reading!
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Report on the COP 21 side event on "Reducing GHG...

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The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), together with the Korea Environmental Industry & Technology Institute (KEITI) and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability organized a side event at the COP21 on "Reducing GHG emissions through Sustainable Public Procurement". The side event took place on Saturday 5 December 2015, and was organized in the framework of the SPP programme of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (10YFP SPP programme), led by UNEP, with KEITI and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability as co-leads.
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COP21 side event on Reducing GHG emissions through...

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The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE), Cities and Lifestyles Unit, together with the Korea Environmental Industry & Technology Institute (KEITI) and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability organized a side event at the COP21 on "Reducing GHG emissions through Sustainable Public Procurement". The side event took place on Saturday 5 December 2015, and was organized in the framework of the Sustainable Public Procurement programme of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (10YFP SPP programme), led by UNEP with KEITI and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability as co-leads. The goal of this side event was to raise awareness about the potential of Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) as a tool to reduce GHG emissions. The discussion focused on how to measure the GHG emissions of public procurement. Three members of the 10YFP on SPP programme also presented case studies from Europe, Asia and North America that illustrated, through specific examples and empirical data, what role SPP could play in reducing GHG emissions. These are the presentations made by the speakers during the side event.
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WEBINAR PRESENTATION ON MEASURING IMPACTS AND...

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This webinar was organized in the framework of the working group 2b of the Sustainable Public Procurement programme of the 10-year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production. The objective of the webinar was to present the results of the guidance framework that has been designed to follow the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council guidance v1.0 steps and to present areas for future potential work on this important topic.
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The second webinar of the Asia-Pacific GPPEL Network

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The second bi-annual webinar of the Asia-Pacific GPPEL Network was hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on Wednesday 26 August 2015 with the agenda: • UNEP Asia Pacific GPP and Eco-labelling projects updates, Farid Yaker, UNEP • Sustainable Public Procurement and Green Label Program in Viet Nam, Nguyen Minh Cuong and Nguyen Thanh Nga, Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA), Department of International Cooperation and Science, Technology (ISD), Vietnam • Progress on Harmonization of Ecolabels in South East Asia, and the SCP in South East Asia, Lunchakorn Prathumratana and Kanchanatetee Vasuvat, GIZ Thailand Mr. Farid Yaker presented an overall progress of GPPEL projects in Asia and the Pacific. Among the updates seven new case studies of GPPEL from China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Thailand were discussed. The comparative study of these four countries is also under way which will be the basis of the upcoming regional training workshop. A comprehensive and insightful presentation of GPP/SPP EL activities in Vietnam were presented by Mr. Nguyen Minh Cuong, the Vietnam Environment Administration. As one of the key players in this field, Vietnam's strong commitment is reflected in, among others, the Article 47 of the Decree guiding in details the implementation of Law on Environmental Protection 2014, discussed during the webinar. Ms. Lunchakorn Prathumratana shared with the audience the progress on harmonization of Eco-labels in South East Asia including the Mutual recognition agreement - Thai Green Label and Hong Kong Green Label Scheme. Ms. Kanchanatetee Vasuvat, GIZ Thailand wrapped up the session nicely with a forward looking outlook of the Advanced SCP to be launched in September. The recording of this webinar is available through the Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OvKj7EHjUk About this webinar This series of webinar is organized as part of the project "Strengthening the capacities and improving the knowledge on Green Public Procurement and Eco-Labelling in the Asia-Pacific region" funded by the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the People's Republic of China; and the Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute (KEITI), with the intention of increasing knowledge sharing and capacity development in the Asia-Pacific region. Specific objectives of these webinars are to 1) report on events and activities of the Network members, 2) share members' work and experiences, and 3) announce upcoming activities in SPP/GPP/Ecolabelling in the Asia-Pacific region.
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1ST WEBINAR PRESENTATION OF THE ASIA-PACIFIC GPPEL...

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As part of the Chinese and KEITI funded project "Strengthening the capacities and improving the knowledge on Green Public Procurement and Eco-Labelling in the ASEAN+3 region", UNEP will host 2 webinars over the course of 2015 with the intention of increasing knowledge sharing and capacity building within the Asia-Pacific region. Specific objectives of the 1st webinar are to report on events and activities relevant to the Asia-Pacific GPPEL network members, to share members' work and experiences, and to announce upcoming activities related to SPP/GPP and/or Ecolabelling in the Asia-Pacific region.
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10YFP SPP Programme Principles of Sustainable Public...

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The Principles of SPP assist countries and organizations in gaining a common understanding of sustainable public procurement. These principles are based on the systematic step-by-step approach to introduce or further develop SPP which was developed by the Marrakech Task Force on Sustainable Public Procurement (MTF on SPP). The principles reflect components needed for successful implementation of SPP. UNEP's ”Sustainable Public Procurement Implementation Guidelines“ (2012) provide advice on steps to transform these principles into SPP practice, based on practical experience in applying the MTF on SPP approach in a number of countries. These principles are for any stakeholder involved in the public procurement process with an interest in sustainable public procurement and good governance. Partners in the 10YFP SPP Programme recommend that countries and organizations apply these principles when developing or updating their own legal frameworks and any relevant international and national commitments made by their country. Partners in the 10YFP SPP Programme also recommend that countries and organizations include these principles in their respective procurement policies and frameworks and apply them in their purchasing practices.
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SMART PROCUREMENT: GOING GREEN: INTERNATIONAL...

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This compendium is part of the on-going OECD public procurement reform agenda, which includes a new Recommendation of the Council on Public Procurement, the identification of good practices in green public procurement (GPP), transparency and anti-corruption, peer reviews and the development of procurement performance indicators to support evidence-based decision-making. The compendium includes case studies of GPP good practices reviewed by the Leading Practitioners on Public Procurement and the OECD-UNEP task force on promoting best GPP practices during 2013 and 2014. The compendium incorporates valuable comments by countries, including lessons learnt in implementing GPP in a national and sub-national context. It was produced through the 10YFP SPP Programme working group 2C on Promoting Best Practices, for more information on the 10YFP SPP Programme please visit www.unep.org/10yfp/procurement
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Advance Copy : SCP Targets and Indicators

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The United Nations and its Member States are currently crafting a post-2015 development agenda to build on the Millennium Development Goals. Outcomes of previous UN Summits, including Rio+20 in 2012, have shown that the objective of shifting to sustainable consumption and production (SCP) patterns is central to achieving sustainable development. Negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, and on the associated sustainable development goals (SDGs), indicate that there is a strong interest in many Member States in embedding the objective of SCP in both. The present advance copy of this UNEP discussion paper provides insights into potential targets and indicators for SCP, based on scientific literature, as well as on past and on-going international processes on sustainable development policy. As an Advance Copy it is distributed electronically only, will undergo further revision and be finalized prior to the First UN Environment Assembly in June 2014.
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