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Use of Labels in Sustainable Procurement



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This presentation gives an overview of how ecolabels may be used in public procurement, to achieve green public procurement and to get practical examples of what can and cannot be done.

Presented by Christine Storry - PIPEN Project Manager

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Use of Labels in Sustainable Procurement

  1. 1. Use of Labels in Sustainable Procurement Presented by Christine Storry – PIPEN Project Manager South West England
  2. 2. Sustainable Procurement – to recap Social Workers’ rights Ethical issues Fair pay Economic Local economy Life cycle costs Employment Environmental Air quality Water use Energy
  3. 3. An Ecolabel… • Identifies environmental preference • Based on life cycle cost • Awarded by an impartial third party • Through accurate and verifiable communication • To encourage demand • Stimulating the continuous improvement of products
  4. 4. Types of Ecolabels Type I a voluntary, multiple-criteria based, third party program that awards a license which authorises the use of environmental labels on products indicating overall environmental preferability of a product with a product category based on life cycle considerations Type II informative environmental self-declaration claims Type III voluntary programs that provide quantified environmental data of a product, under pre- set categories or parameters set by a qualified third party and based on life cycle assessment, and verified by that or another qualified third party
  5. 5. Other types of labels Quality Standards • Eg ISO, SA, BS ‘Beyond eco’ labels • Eg, Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance Production standards • Eg, Organic production
  6. 6. A label can be… • Generic – Covers more than one product category – Eg; Blue Angel, EU Ecolabel, Nordic Swan, Fairtrade • Specific – Covers one category of product – Eg; FSC/PEFC – timber; MSC – fisheries
  7. 7. 💣 Must meet these criteria • (a) they only concern criteria which are linked to the subject matter of the contract; • (b) the criteria for the label are verifiable, and non- discriminatory; • (c) they are established using an open and transparent procedure in which all relevant stakeholders, including government bodies, consumers, social partners, manufacturers, distributors and non-governmental organisations, may participate; • (d) they are accessible to all interested parties; and • (e) they are set by a third party over which the economic operator applying for the label cannot exercise a decisive influence. Article 43.1 – EU Procurement Directive
  8. 8. Specific criteria and subject matter Criteria need to be specific to the subject matter If not specific – cannot require that label BUT can refer to criteria in the label that do relate AND accept the label as verification
  9. 9. Labels in the procurement process To define • Technical specification; or • Including award criteria; or • Contract performance clauses To verify compliance • With the technical specification; or • Award criteria; or • Contract performance clauses Voluntary –v- mandatory use • Generally voluntary • Limited mandatory ones; eg EU Energy Star • Central government bodies and agencies
  10. 10. If bidders don’t have the label • If cannot obtain within time limit – appropriate other means of verification, eg a technical dossier will be acceptable – accept other labels which meet equivalent label requirements • Cannot exclude bidder if they can prove equivalency
  11. 11. Successful use of labels Give careful thought to the subject matter • Easier to include sustainability and verification by label use if defined at the start of the process Know your labels • What does each one of the pertinent labels achieve and which one is relevant to the contract Link to organisation's priorities and policies • Use the priorities and policies to support the use of labels where relevant
  12. 12. South West England © 2017, UWE Bristol www.uwe.ac.uk