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How can government assess the success of sustainable procurement - EV0438

The Government has committed to being ‘the greenest Government ever’, and recognises the importance of public procurement as a way of promoting the purchase and use of goods and services with reduced negative environmental and social impacts. Specific commitments to drive sustainable food consumption in the public sector have been made, as well as producing Government Buying Standards (which specify criteria classifying different products as ‘sustainable’) in areas such as transport, furniture and textiles. This project aims to support this by suggesting indicators that may allow Government to understand the direct impacts of sustainable procurement in areas such as carbon emissions and waste. These suggestions will also help to inform discussions at EU-level on ways to measure the impacts of sustainable procurement. In creating these indicators the project also reviews the ways in which procurement data is currently collected in the public sector, the databases used and the ways in which this data is reported.
1. To identify metrics with which to assess compliance with existing targets and initiatives, such as Buy Sustainable Quick Wins (central government only), Green Public Procurement in key areas of sustainable procurement (wider public sector) and key ‘non green’ procurement issues to be identified through the Policy through Procurement initiative.
2. To identify and evaluate methods by which the success of sustainable procurement across the UK can be assessed and monitored, beyond the scope and current timeline of those targets and indicators already set or under review at national and EU level (central government and the wider public sector).
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : FINAL REPORT: How Can Government Assess the Success of Sustainable Procurement in the Public Sector?   (1189k)
• EXE - Executive Summary : EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: How Can Government Assess the Success of Sustainable Procurement in the Public Sector?   (346k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2009

To: 2010

Cost: £98,325
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Indicators and benchmarking              
Sustainable Consumption and Production              
Sustainable Development              
Sustainable Procurement              
Fields of Study
Sustainable Consumption and Production