SME4SMARTCITIES helps municipalities by creating a Green Procurement Toolbox

Procurement departments of municipalities can implement Green Public Procurement (GPP) goals and measures in their ongoing procurement processes, without any need for disrupting their busy working schedules, and without the need to gain technological expertise or to invest heavily in complex testing and technical evaluation tasks.

By adding a few core considerations that have a high level of impact into the tender criteria and by applying the use of established standards and Eco-Labels, they can guarantee the applications of GPP directives and ensure the environmental impact, energy efficiency, low product lifecycle cost and waste reduction goals with an effective and easy to implement process.

Following the extensive Current Procurement Trends Guide for Municipal Procurement Leadersthe new toolbox is based on the experience of implementation in a case study conducted by the SME4SMARTCITIES project at Kfar Saba Municipality in Israel. This hands-on toolbox analyses how green procurement can be implemented in a busy procurement department and identifies the core practices that are easiest to implement with the greatest impact (a high impact/effort ratio), using an existing procurement tender as a case study.

The case study was conducted by the Tel Aviv University and the Kfar Saba Municipality teams of the SME4SMARTCITIES project. The study was conducted by Avi Blau, head of the Afeka Institute of Engineering and Circular Economy, Afeka College, and Avigdor Sharon, Urban Innovation and Sustainability Lab, Department of Environmental Studies, Porter School, Tel Aviv University.

This toolbox was designed to simplify and provide the most effective and easily applicable set of tools and good practices on the basis of the hands-on experience of this case study.

Stay tuned as the links to the documents will soon be published!