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.