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Procurement. The June Newsletter will highlight some of the latest
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- Practicing Green Procurement
- Certification Programs
- Sourcing Green Products and Services
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Green procurement (also known as green purchasing, eco-procurement, environmentally responsible purchasing, etc.) involves integrating environmental considerations into all aspects of the procurement process. It also requires the assessment and comparison of products and services in order to make selections that are the least harmful to the environment while still meeting other criteria for cost, performance, etc. Products are often described as 'green' if they are less harmful than the next best alternative.
Practicing Green Procurement
Practicing green procurement is one way an organization can minimize the negative environmental impacts of its activities. Other potential benefits include:
A summary of the basics for integrating environmental considerations into an organization's
existing procurement processes is provided below. Visit the Green
Procurement section of CanadianEnvironmental.com to access
further resources regarding all aspects of the development and implementation
of a Green Procurement program.
Cost savings (e.g., lower energy costs, reduced waste disposal costs, etc.)
Improved corporate image
Steps for Developing a Successful Green Procurement Program:
Factors to Consider when Evaluating Products and Services:
- Obtain management support
Involve other employees (management,
environment, purchasing, etc.)
Evaluate current purchasing practices
Develop an implementation plan that includes specific responsibilities
Test the program using a specific product/service
Review and revise the program
All stages of the product
life cycle should be reviewed when evaluating the environmental
impacts of a product or service (i.e., product design; extraction
and processing of raw materials; manufacture; packaging; transport;
installation; storage; use; maintenance; reuse; recycling; final
Is the product re-used / repaired?
Product Packaging (quantity of packaging; recycled/recyclable content; returnable/reusable containers)
Recycled content of the product
Recyclability / reusability of the product
Durability of the product
Toxic/hazardous materials used/generated
Conservation of water and other resources
The environmental standards of suppliers
Has the product been certified by a recognized Organization
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Environmental Certification programs are intended to make the green
procurement process easier for consumers by identifying environmentally
preferable products and services. However, Certification should
not be the only criteria used when evaluating products and services
as there may be environmentally preferable alternatives on the market
that have not been reviewed.
Note: Some Certification programs do not review all products and
services that are available, only the ones that have been submitted
for review. Each Certification program has its own label to identify
the products and services that have been certified. The evaluation
criteria differs for each program so it is important to review each
certification program independently. The websites for the main Canadian
Certification and Rating Programs are listed below and additional
links can be found in the Green
Procurement section of www.CanadianEnvironmental.com.
Sourcing Green Products and Services
Databases of Certified products and services can be found on the
respective websites for the Certification programs listed above.
Marketplace can also be used for sourcing Green Products
and Services. The 'Green Products', 'Energy Efficiency', and 'Pollution
Prevention' Categories are just a few of the Categories of products
and services listed in the Marketplace.
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