Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) is a highly effective tool administration can use to lower their environmental impact while simultaneously investing in a greener economy. However, public buyers often lack the know-how, time and personnel needed for SPP. To increase the amount of sustainable goods and services purchased by the public sector, new tools are needed which streamline SPP and make sustainable options more accessible.
“Digital purchasing tools such as e-catalogues and e-marketplaces offer a means to mainstream sustainable purchasing. However, little guidance has been developed and only a few practical examples exist. This pre-study aims to summarise existing knowledge and provide a starting point for future research, as well as outline some practical considerations for administrations interested in establishing or enhancing how they support sustainable procurement,” notes Ashleigh McLennan, co-author fromÖko-Institute e.V.
Although ‘central e-catalogues’ offer the greatest potential for streamlining SPP and increasing access to sustainable products and services, they also require a supportive institutional and legal framework. Therefore, e-marketplaces and single contract e-catalogues are also included in this pre-study, as they offer more flexible opportunities which can be adopted in a wider range of contexts.
The opportunities offered by e-catalogues and e-marketplaces will be the subject of the next Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Dialogue Series event which is scheduled for 21st June 2022. More information, click here.
This publication is developed by the Scaling Sustainable Consumption and Production (Scaling SCP): Ecolabelling and Sustainable Public Procurement for a Low-Carbon Pathway in South-East Asia project, commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV). Through the project, the aim is to develop and establish policy instruments and policy frameworks in the area of SCP to promote a low carbon economy and contribute to national GHG emission reduction.