New programme launched to increase sustainability of public procurement
The Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) Programme, a global initiative to assist governments redirect public spending into goods and services that bring significant environmental and social benefits, was launched on 1 April 2014. The Programme represents the first action under the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP). This is a global framework to facilitate international cooperation to develop, replicate and scale-up Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) and resource efficiency initiatives around the world. Read more…
SPP Programme’s aim is to harness the power of governments’ annual spend on public procurement, estimated to be trillions of dollars globally, to assist the transition to a more resource-efficient society. Governments can use these funds to shift markets onto a sustainable path by demanding goods and services that conserve natural resources and create green jobs. Co-led by the United Nations Environment Programme, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and the Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute, the programme will facilitate this shift by improving knowledge of sustainable procurement’s benefits and supporting its implementation through access to experts and tools.
Numerous global initiatives demonstrate sustainable procurement’s benefits, including transforming markets, boosting eco-industries, saving money, conserving natural resources and creating jobs. The Foundation for Education Development in Brazil, for example, saved 8,800 cubic metres of water and 1,750 tonnes of waste by using notebooks made from recycled paper in Sao Paulo schools. National governments’ policies also highlight the increasing importance attributed to sustainable public procurement. In Japan, a 2010 study revealed that government bodies spent USD672 billion on public procurement – green purchasing laws now require government bodies and increasing numbers of cities to make 95% of purchases from designated ‘green product’ categories.
The SPP Programme is the first of an initial collection of programmes to be launched under the 10YFP. Other programmes on consumer information, sustainable lifestyles and education, sustainable buildings and construction, and sustainable tourism are expected to be launched in 2014.
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