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.

Circular procurement of furniture in Venlo

Categories: Legal, Economic, Eco Consumption, Metal, Waste Prevention, Glass, 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.

Procurement of sustainable catering services in Turin

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Legal, Economic, Waste Prevention, Plastic, Communication and Education

Tags: procurement

Organisation: City of Turin (Italy)

Localisation: Turin (Italy)

Summary

School catering represents a significant part of the procurement budget for the City of Turin. Packaging waste reduction and fractions separate collection are amongst the new measures introduced for more sustainable catering services.

Procurement of recycled asphalt for road resurfacing in Hamburg

Categories: Construction Material, Legal, Economic, Recycling

Tags: procurement

Organisation: City of Hamburg (Germany)

Localisation: Hamburg (Germany)

Summary

In Hamburg, green public procurement principles are included in the City's overarching procurement policy. Additional environmental contract requirements are imposed by the City specifically for road construction tenders.

Hamburg has taken a significant step forward to encourage an increase of recycling rates in construction materials by establishing an online exchange for soil, debris and construction materials that aims to support procurement of recycled asphalt.