Sustainable public procurement is the process whereby public sector organisations meet their needs for goods, services, works and utilities in a way that achieves value for money on a whole life basis in terms of generating benefits not only to the organisation, but also to society and the economy, whilst minimizing, and if possible, avoiding, damage to the environment.
These Green Public Procurement Technical Guidelines and Specifications for Energy-efficient Air Conditioners include a step‑by‑step approach on how to apply sustainability and current best technical criteria for air conditioners in accordance with best international regulatory, social and environmental practices, and introduce the rationale to be adopted by procurement practitioners when selecting among a set of products.
They are a key strategic instrument intended for public procurers, technical personnel and related officers in the expectation that these recommendations are integrated in their day-to-day procurement activities. They are also intended to address policymaker decisions related to public procurement policy development to support their sustainable public procurement implementation in the many relevant public institutions, as well as address those interested in raising awareness of the significant opportunities with climate-friendly and energy-efficient purchases.
A supporting spreadsheet tool is available to help procurers to compare the economic cost and environmental impact of different bids during the life span of the appliances, and thus meet the sustainable public procurement requirements on energy efficiency and refrigerant global warming potential.