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.
In June 2021, U4E hosted workshops on sustainable public procurement for lighting and cooling appliances aimed at government officials and regional organizational representatives in the Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia-Pacific regions, who shared their experiences on procurement modalities, technologies, and assessment criteria.
At these webinars, U4E presented its newly developed SPP Toolkit for Lighting, Appliances and Equipment. This is composed of a guidance document and accompanying Excel spreadsheet tool to run hypothetical procurement scenarios. It allows officials to assess the environmental, social and economic benefits of an sustainable public procurement project to help make a solid business case. The Toolkit contents incorporate U4E’s Model Regulation Guidelines and Green Public Procurement Technical Guidelines and Specifications.
The recording of the Asia-Pacific webinar and the presentations from both webinars are available to view.