Public spending, which represents between 15% and 30% 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.
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.
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 organization;
• 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 tenderer who have committed serious breaches of environmental requirements;
• Set award criteria which encourage tenders 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.
• Introduction to environment;
• Environmental management;
• Sustainable development concept;
• Overview of public procurement
• Scope and benefits of GPP;
• Developing GPP policy and setting GPP priorities;
• Effect of green requirements on the procurement process;
• Life cycle costing for environmental impacts;
• Greening contracts;
• Green tender selection and exclusion criteria;
• Green contract performance clauses;
• Monitoring performance.