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New InnProBio factsheet on LCC and LCA of bio-based products

12 July 2017

The InnProBio project has issued a new factsheet on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Life Cycle Costing (LCC). The document gives an insight as to what the LCA method is and the environmental impacts it assesses – such as climate change or impact on natural resources. It also explains what the results of LCA can be used for, for example in comparing different products and services. The factsheet also highlights the advantages of using LCA, as well as its link with green public procurement.

LCC, an assessment of all costs which are related to a certain product, directly covered by one or several actors in the life cycle of the product is also covered in this factsheet, which also lists different LCC tools for use in public procurement.

The factsheet also shows the common ground between LCA and LCC, as well as the main differences between both concepts, and why they are important for increasing the procurement of bio-based products.

For more information, and to download the factsheet, visit the InnProBio website.

Philippines launches GPP Roadmap with EU SWITCH PSC programme

11 July 2017

The Philippine Government has launched a Green Public Procurement Roadmap with technical support from the EU-SWITCH PSC programme, aimed at reducing the environmental impact of goods and services procured by Philippine government agencies.

The Roadmap, which is part of the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022’s Strategic Framework to Ensure Ecological Integrity, Clean and Healthy Environment, focuses on core green criteria across 20 product categories which will be made gradually more comprehensive in the coming years. The Philippine government will use the GPP Roadmap to demonstrate how a Life-Cycle Costing (LCC) approach taken by procurers can influence manufacturing practice, and represent a Philippine contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The Roadmap has been in development since 2016 under the direction of the Government Procurement Policy Board-Technical Support Office (GPPB-TSO).

For more information on GPP in the Philippines, visit the Philippine government's GPPB-TSO website. Further information on the SWITCH Asia programme can be found on the dedicated European Commission website.

ICLEI host GPP seminar at Eco Forum Global Symposium 2017

5 July 2017

ICLEI East Asia secretariat hosted a seminar on green public procurement at the Eco Forum Global Symposium 2017 in Guiyang, China, where the 10YFP on SPP programme launched its Working Group 1a, supporting Chinese and Korean cities' GPP initiatives.

Procura+ and GLCN on SP participant Oslo presented its GPP approach targeting transportation, resource-efficiency and construction management, as well as some of its GPP initiatives and targets on emissions, eco-labels and waste reduction.

KEITI and Suwon city presented the Korean experience of promoting GPP, including the plan to develop a GPP performance evaluation system, awareness raising programs, and pilot city projects to accelerate the shift towards green procurement in Korea. The China Environmental United Certification Center (CEC) set out the Chinese GPP approach, using eco-labelling certification, which is updated annually and covers 59 key public spend categories. CEC also presented key GPP projects such as the eco-civilization pilot city in Guiyang.

For more information, visit the ICLEI East Asia website.

Green Deal on Circular Procurement report published

4 July 2017

The Green Deal on Circular Procurement report has been published, reflecting on three years of circular procurement work across 80 pilot projects in the Netherlands. The report finds that the procurement process provides significant opportunities to implement circular economy principles.

The Green Deal is a three-year initiative in the Netherlands designed to help encourage the purchase of circular goods, which was supported by Rijkswaterstaat and REBus. The report outlines the work of 45 public and private sector participants to identify how best to use the procurement process to shape more circular processes.

Using illustrative case studies, the report identifies product categories seen as particularly compatible with the circular procurement approach, as well as addressing how circularity can be introduced to the tendering process, for example in specifications and assessment. Looking at the next step for circular procurement, the report points to considering how its findings can be up-scaled, and how circular procurement could become mainstreamed.

For more information and to download the report, visit the SP Platform Resource Centre.