Green Public Procurement enabling sustainable developmentCircular Economy Beacons Balkan
On the next webinar, 14th October 2020 (12-14:00 CET), we are going to tackle the topic of green public procurement– Circular, green, and alternative procurement.
The main goal of the event is to dive into the concept of circular and green procurement and it’s contribution to the maintenance of closed energy and material loops within supply chains. We want to highlight what would be the positive effects on the environment if we reduced the quantities of generated waste.
What topics will we cover?
The European authorities have allocated significant budgets for the procurement of products, services, and labor. As a result, they are having the ability to influence the market and make an important contribution to sustainable consumption and production. Tender procedures contribute to the maintenance of closed energy and material loops within supply chains and have a positive impact on the environment by reducing the quantities of generated waste.
Undoubtedly, tenders must become a common practice at the level of the EU states.
The City of Vienna is a good example of the benefits generated through Green Public Procurement. With the introduction of the EcoBuy Vienna program, which established environmental criteria in the city’s procurement process, Vienna reduced CO2 emissions by 30,000 tons per year and saved around EUR 17 million each year.
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Award criteria towards a circular economy
Life-cycle costing (LCC) is a concept that takes into account all the costs that will be incurred during the lifetime of the product, work, or service. As a result, in the purchase process, all the costs of use, maintenance, and disposal are included in the final purchase price.
For example, upgrade, replacement, and repair capabilities as a criterion, encourage the market to respond to competitive costs by relying on future spare parts availability, as well as product designs that facilitate easier repairs and upgrades.
If the whole life costing of a contract is considered, green public procurement can save money while also having a lower impact on the environment. Smart purchases can save material and energy, reduce waste a nd pollution, and encourage sustainable patterns of behavior.
If you wish to find out more about this topic, apply for the webinar “Circular, green and alternative procurement” on the 14th of October 12-14:00 CET.