On September 25, 2015, EPA published Recommendations for Specifications, Environmental Performance Standards, and Ecolabels for Federal Procurement. The notice describes EPA's recommendations for federal agencies that are purchasing environmentally-friendly products. Section 3(i) of Executive Order 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, directs federal agencies to adhere to certain environmental performance and sustainability standards when practicable. The new EPA recommendations list acceptable environmentally sustainable product brands and service providers that require a procurement preference, including EPA's voluntary program Energy Star®, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Certified Biobased label BioPreferred®, and EPA designated recycled content products, among others.
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2012 A Turning Point in Municipal Sustainable Purchasing in Canada
This article presents the trends, challenges, and priorities in sustainable procurement in 2012 identified by the Municipal Collaboration on Sustainable Purchasing and Reeve Consulting. Sustainable procurement refers to the purchasing of goods and services that is not based on unit cost alone. In this type of procurement, total cost of ownership (TCO) and environmental and ethical impacts are all factors considered in buying activities. Sustainable purchasing is gaining ground in Canada, especially within...
Sustainable procurement of wood and paper-based products: Version 3
Version 3 of this guide incorporates the most up-to-date developments on the legality of forest products, new technological developments to control wood and paper supply chains and increase their transparency, and an expanded chapter on the social implications of forest products. Decisions regarding the purchase and use of wood and paper-based products can have far-reaching, long-term impacts on the forests where they are harvested and the people and industries that depend on those forests for their livelihoods...
Buying green! a handbook on environmental public procurement
Introduction What is the connection between public purchasing and the environment? Public authorities are major consumers in Europe, spending some 16 % of the EU’s gross domestic product (which is a sum equivalent to half theGDP of Germany). By using their purchasing power to opt for goods and services that also respect the environment, they can make an important contribution towards sustainable development. Green public procurement covers areas such as the purchase of energy-effi cient computers and...
Purchasing power: best practices guide to collaborative solar procurement
Solar photovoltaics (PV) is a commercially proven technology and, in markets with incentives, can compete with traditional fossil fuel-based power. Wider adoption and decreases in manufacturing costs are driving down the cost of solar electricity. As the industry grows and matures, it will optimize and standardize its practices to further reduce costs and make solar energy accessible to a mainstream market. The crucial role of policy in accelerating this industry growth and maturation cannot be understated....
BT calls for sustainable procurement from 6,000 suppliers
BT demands its suppliers to measure, report and reduce their carbon footprint with new sustainable procurement policy.