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


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.

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)


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

Tags: procurement

Organisation: City of Venlo (The Netherlands)

Localisation: Venlo (Netherlands)


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.

Designing green bus shelters in Cornwall

Categories: Eco Design, Construction Material, Legal, Metal, Economic, Glass, Energy, Wood

Organisation: Cornwall Council (United Kingdom)

Localisation: Cornwall (United Kingdom)


In 2011 Cornwall had around 6,000 bus stops with a wide range of associated shelters and signs. A programme of improvements to the quality and sustainability of this transport infrastructure, based on need and capacity, was created. The sustainable procurement of bus shelters was conducted in three stages: design; prototype development; and large scale production. This example focuses on the design stage.