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Two examples for sustainable procurement in Chinese cities

26 June 2019

Sustainable procurement is being applied around the world as a tool to achieve environmental and social goals with regards to sustainable consumption and production. ICLEI East Asia, as part of their contribution to the One Planet Network Working Group 1a, recently published two case studies that showcase the ongoing efforts to reach high environmental standards in China.

The first example is the planned procurement of an 'Ice Storage Air Conditioning for a Green Building', in Shenzhen, Guangming district. The AC procurement of the Guangming Cultural and Arts Center was selected to apply green tender criteria. By 2020, the Center is expected to become a landmark public building which meets the highest environmental and energy standards at the national level. In addition to the environmental gains, the procurement has great potential for monetary savings. Example criteria are 'AC system designed with minimum refrigerating capacity and optimized with off-peak electricity tariffs' and 'AC system with the guaranteed end of life collection and disposal services'.

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The second case study presents an innovative furniture procurement that aims to contribute to a green supply chain in the Binhai New Area, Tianjin. The core procurement team decided to develop a new green evaluation scorecard for school furniture. The award criteria were structured to embrace a broader dimension of environmental performance covering the whole life cycle. Environmental performance is listed out as a separate category and represents 15% of the total assessment, which stands a significant increase from previous practice (4%). The assessment criteria for price and quality represent 30% and 55% respectively.


Lessons learned are that (1) effective communication between the procurement supervisory body and the procuring entity is the key to Binhai's success, (2) that more attention is required in informing the market of new bidding rules and (3) that international cooperation opens up new opportunities for GPP in China such as the work with ICLEI East Asia and Procura+.

Read the full case study here.