Welcome to the latest issue of UNEP’s Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) newsletter.
Since 2009, UNEP has been running a project aimed at supporting the development and the implementation of SPP policies in 7 pilot countries through the testing of the Marrakech Task Force (MTF) Approach to SPP. Because public procurement accounts for such a large share of GDP, SPP is considered to be a key instrument in the delivery of the sustainable development agenda and has therefore been included in UNEP’s programme of work.
In 2009, the project focused its activities on the building
of human and institutional capacities. 120 experts from 48
countries (including pilot project managers) were trained
on SPP and on the MTF Approach to SPP during 5 training sessions
held in Asia, Europe, South America and Africa. Meanwhile,
National focal points (usually the Public procurement authorities
or Ministries of Environment) and multi-stakeholders steering
committees were set up in the 7 pilot countries (Chile, Colombia
, Costa Rica, Lebanon, Mauritius, Tunisia, Uruguay).
We hope that you will enjoy reading this issue of the SPP Newsletter. Please don’t hesitate to send in comments and inputs for our future issues.
Programme Officer – SPP Project
United Nations Environment Programme
Division of Technology, Industry and Economics
Carlos Andres ENMANUEL
Consultant – SPP Project
United Nations Environment Programme
Division of Technology, Industry and Economics
Click here for more information about the SPP project. For more information on the MTF on SPP click here.
News from Pilot Countries
The Colombian and Uruguayan pilots take off
With the recent appointment of their project managers Colombia and Uruguay are now ready for project implementation. Both project managers were trained during a recent training session on the MTF Approach to SPP organized by the Colombian Ministry of Environment and UNEP in October 2010. The first activities have even started in Colombia where a consultancy is already undertaking the SPP status assessment.
Training in Bogota, Colombia – October 2010
SPP Training Session in Bogota, Colombia – October 2010
In October 2010, 23 participants attended a training session on the MTF Approach to SPP organized in Bogota by the Colombian Ministry of Environment and UNEP. Among the trainees were the newly appointed project managers of the Colombian and Uruguayan pilots, as well as members of the Colombian Steering Committee of the SPP pilot project, staff members of the Medellin based Colombian National Cleaner Production Centre, representatives from the city of Bogota and members of the consultancy selected for the execution of the Status Assessment and the Market Readiness Analysis.
SPP Policy Workshop in Mauritius - November 2010
SPP Policy workshop in Mauritius
An SPP policy and action plan workshop, facilitated by UNEP and Ms. Barbara Morton, took place on November 23-24 in Mauritius. 25 participants representing a number of SPP stakeholders attended the meeting and discussed the draft SPP policy statements, strategy and action plan that will be submitted to the Council of Ministers in the coming months. The workshop allowed Mauritius Public Procurement Office to identify potential sustainable products to be included in the country’s public procurement system such as IT equipment, recycled or FSC certified paper or energy efficient vehicles. The area of Building and construction was also identified as very promising for future SPP activities.
Tunisia launched the call for proposal for both the Legal Review and the Market Readiness Analysis on September 24th 2010 and have selected the consultants for the mentioned tasks.
Steering Committee meeting in Lebanon - December 2010
Lebanon joined UNEP’s SPP programme last October. The Lebanese pilot project is carried out by the Basil Fuleihan Institute of the Ministry of Finance in cooperation with the local office of the United Nations Development Programme. The following activities were carried out over the last two months:
- Ms Rana Rizkallah was appointed Project Manager.
- The project’s Steering Committee was formed in November and had its first meeting on December 14th.
- The National focal point selected the consultants that will undertake the Market Readiness Analysis (SOFRES Liban) and the Legal Review (Judge Elie Maaouf).
To access the project outputs from the SPP project pilot countries, click here (eg. Status assessments, Legal Review, Market Readiness Analysis, etc).
Chile: gradually embedding sustainability in public procurement
270,000 business opportunities and more than 4,300 million dollars: this is what has been traded in the Chilean public procurement market during the first 9 months of 2010. These figures provide evidence of the maturity of the Chilean procurement system
that enhances the transparency of public administrations and allows the delivery of policy objectives. In this regard, public procurement which accounts for 3.5% of GDP can make a decisive contribution to the transformation of the Chilean economy with respect to sustainability.
Article written by Mr. Claudio Loyola, Chief of Public Markets at ChileCompra. M.A. in Managament and Public Policy. National Focal Point for the Capacity Building for Sustainable Public Procurement Project. November 2010
ChileCompra is the public agency responsible for administering the Public Procurement System of the Chilean government, and has taken up the challenge of coordinating efforts to move towards a more sustainable public market. ChileCompra aims to procure 15% of its goods and services sustainably by 2012.
How have we moved forward?
To date, 5.2% of purchases made through the Chilean public market have sustainability criteria; this is four times more than a year ago (1.3%). And the figure is even higher for the ChileCompra Express store, where currently 12.5% of the purchases have sustainability criteria.
In developing its SPP policy, ChileCompra is trying to meet two main challenges: the first one is linked to the need to modify and adjust the legislation to enable Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) and the second one relates to the necessity to provide the necessary tools for public purchasers to fully implement SPP.
News from other MTF on SPP pilot countries
Ghana has launched its sustainable public procurement project
on December 1st 2010 with the support of the Swiss
Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). An Awareness
Seminar for the Ghana Task Force will take place in February
2011. The SPP project is under the responsibility of the Ghana's
Regulation Authority. The project has the support of Nadia
Balgobin, consultant and expert in monitoring and support,
for matters related to International coordination, as well
as the support of the International Institute for Sustainable
Development (IISD) and the Marrakech Task Force.
MTF on SPP approach is being rolled out in UK
In the UK, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is supporting the roll-out of the MTF approach through the National Sustainable Public Procurement Programme. This is being administered through the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP). Barbara Morton, Director of Sustainable Procurement Ltd, Technical Advisor to the MTF on SPP and consultant to UNEP has developed and delivered a ‘train the trainer’ package based on the MTF on SPP approach.
On the road to the 19th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development
The 19th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-19) will take place in New York on May 2-13, 2011. Member States will be discussing, inter alia, the 10 Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP) on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP), mandated by the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation.
Building an International Sustainable Public Procurement Initiative
During CSD-19, UNEP plans to launch its International Sustainable Public Procurement Initiative which will build on the work carried out by the Marrakech Task Force on Sustainable Public Procurement as well as on the activities and results of the 2009-2011 SPP project. Furthermore, this initiative will seek to capitalize on the benefits of improved collaboration between various players and initiatives linked to sustainable public procurement.
IV Annual Conference on Public Procurement of the Americas – Lima
The “4th Annual Conference on Public Procurement of the Americas” took place on 13-14 October in Lima, Peru. Farid Yaker and Elisa Tonda from UNEP attended the meeting and delivered speeches on the SPP project and its current state of implementation in Latin America.
For more information and outcomes click here
International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition and Conference Malaysia 2010 – Kuala Lumpur
The Malaysian Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and the Green Purchasing Network Malaysia organized on 15-17 October the first International Green Technology and Purchasing Conference. Farid Yaker from UNEP attended the SPP/GPP workshop and presented the SPP experience of UNEP as well as the outline of UNEP’s future SPP initiative.
On the occasion of IGEM 2010, Farid Yaker also attended on 15 October the board meeting of the International Green Procurement Network.
To read more about IGEM 2010 visit this site.
SPP in the Mediterranean Region, EcoMeda Meeting – Barcelona
The Regional Activity Center for Cleaner Production (CP/RAC) organized a meeting on sustainable public procurement in Mediterranean countries at the Casa Llotja de Mar, Barcelona, Spain on 25-26 November 2010 in the framework of the EcoMeda Green Forum meeting.
The objective of the SPP meeting was to foster SPP in the Mediterranean countries by encouraging networking between different stakeholders as well as the promotion of exchanges between Mediterranean countries. This will allow for the creation of strategies in a participative and inclusive manner and to establish steps to implement SPP in Mediterranean countries.
Buying Social: A Guide to taking account of Social Considerations in Public Procurement
The much awaited publication from the European Commission "Buying Social: A Guide to taking account of Social Considerations in Public Procurement" is out.
This non binding EC document gives guidance on how to include social considerations into public procurement decisions and tendering in the EU legal framework. It counts with a chapter on “social labels and the implication for ethical trade”, which confirms that it is possible to give preference to Fair Trade in tenders covered by the EU Public Procurement Directives and gives the interpretation of the EC on how to do it, technically.
News from UNEP Project Partners
Sustainable Procurement in the United Nations
UNEP’s Sustainable United Nations Team has developed tools to encourage and enable the transition towards a sustainable procurement policy within all UN agencies. UNEP has produced a series of guidance materials in the form of product criteria, training and information for UN procurers and requisitioners interested in sustainable procurement. Some of these tools include guidelines on IT equipment, cleaning, stationery and furniture which are produced for UN Duty Stations but they can also provide guidance for other actors. In the comings weeks, two new guidelines will be launched: catering and vehicles. To access these guidelines click here.
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UNEP-Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative: Promoting sustainable building policies and practices worldwide
The buildings sector is at the centre of our economies, representing from 10 to 40% of national GDP and employing about 10% of the global workforce. However, buildings are also responsible for 40% of global energy use and about 1/3 of total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The good news is that the buildings sector shows the greatest potential of all sectors to deliver significant cuts in GHG emissions at low or no-cost, or even net savings to economies. These reductions can be achieved with proven and commercially-available technologies, in both developed and developing economies.
Jua Kali, shoemaker in Kenya, using the facilities of the Training and Production Centre for Shoe Industries, established by UNIDO. Jua Kali (’hot sun’) refers to the informal sector of microscale enterpreneurs in Kenya.’
Eco-labelling and Sustainable Procurement: creating synergy between the two key SCP policy approaches
UNEP, through its project ‘Enabling developing countries to seize eco-labelling opportunities - capacity building and technical assistance’ promotes the production of goods and services that are compliant with internationally recognized voluntary environmental standards. Such compliance increases their competitiveness in the international market, while also improving the environmental efficiency. Environmental and sustainability credentials add value to the production process contributing to industrial development and ‘climbing along the ladder’ through sustainable natural resource management. The project also seeks to promote greater cooperation and mutual recognition among eco-labelling programmes with the objective of simplifying the eco-labelling universe for consumers and producers.
Mainstreaming Sustainable Consumption and Production in Mauritius
UNEP started a collaboration with Mauritius on mainstreaming SCP in 2007, when Mauritius was a chosen as a pilot country for the “Planning for Change 10-step” methodology to develop a national SCP programme. The National Programme on Sustainable Consumption and Production “Achieving more with less” was approved by the Cabinet in August 2008. This programme encompasses 44 projects in 7 priority areas and is being implemented by 14 leading agencies within a period of 5 years (2008-2013). The overall objectives are to: (i) change energy consumption patterns, technological shifts and behavioral change, (ii) increase resource efficiency, change consumption patterns and (iii) increase demand and supply of sustainable products and services in the market and (iv) promote/adopt more sustainable lifestyles, consumption choices.
In-depth SPP Training of Public Procurement senior experts on the Marrakech Task Force Approach to Sustainable Public Procurement.
UNEP, with the support of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (MTF on SPP secretariat), and in collaboration with ICLEI – International Council of Local Governments for Sustainability, is organizing an In-depth Training of Experts on the Marrakech Task Force Approach to Sustainable Public Procurement. The enrollment procedure will take place in January 2011, and the actual training will take place in two sessions: the distance learning part will take place in February 2011 and the 5 days face-to-face session will occur in April 2011 in Freiburg, Germany.
Eco products international Fair
High-level government officials, business leaders, and executives of leading pro-environment companies from around the world will gather in New Delhi, India, for the EPIF 2011. The Eco-products International Fair (EPIF) is the largest international environmental fair in Asia.
For more information visit this site.