Public spending, which represents between 15 per cent and 30 per cent of GDP in a given country, can help drive markets towards innovation and sustainability, thereby enabling green growth and the transition to a Green Economy. Green Public Procurement (GPP) is one of the means to achieve sustainability. It has thus become increasingly clear among policy makers that public procurement can play a strategic role, and that, it can specifically contribute to achieving sustainable development goals. Through GPP, governments can lead by example and deliver key policy objectives in the environmental, social and economic fields through reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, improved energy and water efficiency and recycling. Associated positive social benefits include poverty reduction, improved equity and respect for core labor standards. And from an economic perspective, GPP can generate income, reduce costs and support the transfer of skills and technology. Participants will examine practical environmental practices and tools for Greening Public Procurement.
HOW PARTICIPANTS WILL BENEFIT
At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
- Appreciate the scope and potential benefits of GPP, as well as the resources which are available;
- Write a GPP policy with clear definitions and targets appropriate to your organisation;
- Set priorities for the product and service groups you will address by
consulting existing GPP criteria, eco-labels and other sources;
- Assess how green requirements will affect the procurement process for the goods and services you have chosen, and how you will implement them in line with legal obligations;
- Apply where appropriate, selection criteria based on environmental
Technical capacity or environmental management measures and exclude renderers who have committed serious breaches of environmental requirements;
- Set award criteria which encourage tenderers to deliver even higher levels of environmental performance than those you have specified, and apply these in a transparent way;
- Assess life-cycle costs when comparing tenders;
- Set contract performance clauses which underline the environmental
Commitments made by suppliers or service.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Middle and senior-level officials responsible for procurement and for project management, members of central and ministerial tender boards, finance, auditors, procurement inspectors, environmental managers, and public administrators. Officers who have attended past ESAMI procurement courses are strongly encouraged to attend.
- Introduction to environment and environmental management;
- Sustainable development concept;
- Overview of public procurement and scope and benefits of GPP;
- Developing GPP policy;
- Setting GPP priorities;
- Effect of green requirements on the procurement process;
- Life cycle costing for environmental impacts;
- Greening contracts;
- Green tenderer selection and exclusion criteria;
- Green contract performance clauses;
- Monitoring performance.