Using LCA and CO2 performance for procurement in the Netherlands

Categories: Legal, Economic, Eco Consumption, Material fractions, Technical and Research, Energy

Tags: procurement

Organisation: Rijkswaterstaat (Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment)

Localisation: The Netherlands

Summary

In 2010, the Dutch House of Commons decided that all public authorities in the Netherlands must implement 100% sustainable procurement as of 2015, which constitutes the inclusion of green criteria in all tenders. Rijkswaterstaat (RWS) is the Department of Public Works within the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. RWS aims to use green public procurement to challenge and encourage contractors and suppliers to provide added value through the delivery of sustainable working practices, green materials, energy efficiency and reduced carbon emissions.

In order to achieve these objectives, RWS uses functional specifications for infrastructure projects, together with tools to gauge bidders’ commitments to reducing carbon emissions within projects and to assess the life cycle environmental impacts of the materials they propose to use. These commitments and impacts are monetised within the award phase of the tender and quoted prices are adjusted accordingly.

Greening of buildings in the Basque Country

Categories: Construction Material, Eco Consumption, Economic, Energy

Organisation: SPRILUR S.A.(Department of Economic Development and Competitiveness, Basque Government)

Localisation: Basque Country

Summary

SPRILUR S.A. is a public authority, which is integrated in the Department of Economic Development and Competitiveness of the Basque Government. SPRILURs intervention in the business market is aimed at guaranteeing the provision of public land and sufficient good quality industrial buildings to meet demand, while promoting industrial and business activity as a source of employment and wealth in the Basque Country.

Since 2009, within all tenders for the construction, restoration and design of industrial buildings (from the design stage to the execution of works), SPRILUR include as part of the award criteria, the degree of sustainability of the proposed project, which is based on the application of guides for the sustainable development of industrial buildings and urban development projects.

Green procurement in schools in Badalona

Categories: Legal, Paper, Economic, Eco Consumption, Energy, Recycling, Wood

Organisation: Badalona City Council (Spain)

Main partners:

Ecoinstitut Barcelona

Localisation: Badalona (Spain)

Summary

Six schools were chosen to participate in a project aimed at analysing and developing best practice guidelines for the green procurement of five product groups: school materials, building maintenance, cleaning, food and IT products. In addition, the City Council procured a kit of green school materials available to the six participating schools on demand.

Circular procurement of furniture in Venlo

Categories: Legal, Metal, Economic, Eco Consumption, Glass, Waste Prevention, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Plastic, Recycling, Wood

Tags: procurement

Organisation: City of Venlo (The Netherlands)

Localisation: Venlo (Netherlands)

Summary

After discarding rehabilitation of the old city hall building as an option due to the bad technical condition of the building and high maintenance costs, the city of Venlo decided to demolish the old building and erect a new city hall that would satisfy the current needs of accessibility and functionality, while delivering at the same time a positive contribution to the town, the staff, the environment and the economy. A design and build competition was launched in 2009, in which designers were asked to present their vision of a sustainable building, making sure to include the use of appropriate safe and healthy materials which can be recycled after their lifetime.This brief focuses on the tender process of the office furniture.