Sustainable procurement can have powerful benefits - for public authorities, the environment and wider society.
Here are some of our top reasons to buy more sustainably:
SPP is efficient procurement. A focus on buying only what you need can help reduce overall costs. Considering the life cycle costs of a product rather than just the purchase price (i.e. also considering usage, maintenance and disposal costs) will also bring clear financial benefits.
Key local issues such as employment generation, working conditions, and the marginalisation of certain groups, can also be addressed through SPP. SPP can also help tackle global issues such as child labour and fair trade.
SPP can help an organisation to make major cuts in CO2 emissions – through energy efficient construction and transport, and choosing products and services with a lower carbon footprint throughout their life-cycle.
As public authorities are such large buyers, they have considerable market power. The purchasing decisions they make can influence the development of new, more sustainable products and services.
Implementing an SPP policy is a highly visible way of demonstrating an organisation's commitment to sustainability.
Encouraging improvements in the products and services offered by your regular suppliers, helps these companies improve their competitiveness in national and international markets.
Air & water quality, resource use, waste generation – all are affected by the purchases we make. SPP can lead to major improvements both locally and globally.
"Across Europe, on average, public authorities spend about 20% of the EU Gross Domestic
Product (GDP) purchasing goods, works and services. That represents enormous leverage,
and it means the public authorities wield tremendous market power."
Find out more about some of the achievements and savings made by public authorities through SPP.
The GPP 2020 website provides a series of calculators to help work out the carbon dioxide savings achieved by implementing sustainable tenders