Why sustainable procurement

Sustainable public procurement means that public authorities meet their needs for goods and services in a manner that secures a good affair with respect to the entire life-cycle. This while considering benefits not only to the organisation but also for society at large and minimising damage to the environment.

A properly performed procurement will help achieve a suitable balance between the three pillars of sustainable development – social, environmental (ecological) and economic sustainability – when purchasing goods, services or works.

By imposing energy efficiency requirements during procurement rounds, priority can be assigned to products that not only meet the given functionality, but are also cheaper to operate and thus less expensive from an overall cost perspective.

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