The product's climate impact
The purpose of the requirement is to obtain information about the product's climate impact from a life cycle perspective and to send a signal to the market that this information is in demand.
- Award criteria
In order to obtain [points or a price reduction] during the evaluation of tenders, the supplier shall provide a report on the offered products’ [here the contracting organisation may choose to indicate a share] climate impact from a life cycle perspective. The calculations regarding climate impact shall be based on life cycle analyses in accordance with ISO 14040-44, and be reported according to the standard for type III declarations ISO 14025, climate declaration according to ISO 14067 or equivalent standards.
The supplier shall, upon request, be able to present a certified environmental product declaration (EPD), climate declaration or other equivalent third-party controlled declaration that reports the product's climate impact.
Check/review the information provided by the supplier, such as an environmental product declaration or equivalent. The verification should cover at least the validity of the declaration and that it is verified by an independent third party. If the supplier refers to a programme operator for environmental product declarations, check that the declaration is valid on its website.
Subject matter of contract
Sustainable procurement of furniture
Information about the criterion
Note that this requirement is a spearhead requirement, and only a few suppliers can submit such information about their products; the requirement is not to be placed without having performed a market analysis.
If the requirement is fulfilled, points or price reductions, for example, are awarded depending on the evaluation model selected.
The climate issue has been in focus for several years, and there is increasing interest in the climate impact that common products have during their life cycle, i.e. from the cradle to the grave. Calculations of a product's total climate impact are performed by means of life cycle assessment, LCA. The accepted method for performing life cycle assessments is by means of international standards with the designations ISO 14040 and ISO 14044.
Results from life cycle assessments are compiled in reports or in an environmental declaration or climate declaration or "carbon footprint". EPD® is an example of a type of third-party verified environmental declaration.
Performed life cycle assessments demonstrate that furniture is a product group for which the main environmental and climate impact arises during the early stages of the life cycle, primarily in the processing of raw materials and materials. The selection of materials is thus of great significance to the total climate impact of furniture.
Internationally, there is a standard for the "carbon footprints" of products, ISO/TS 14067.
A number of producers have developed environmental declarations or climate declarations for some products. More information is available on the international EPD®system's website, www.environdec.com.
The version date indicates when the sustainability criterion was created or last updated. Last reviewed dated tells when we last checked that the sustainability criterion still is relevant.
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