Since 2004, French regulations have encouraged the use of public control for environmental purposes **. It is now possible for a public purchaser to include sustainable development objectives in its specifications and / or procurement procedures in order to promote the purchase of products, goods and services with lower GHG emissions. However, it is imperative in this type of approach to find a real balance between the fundamental principles of public procurement and the integration of environmental dimensions at all stages of the purchasing process. Finding such a balance requires to organize its purchasing policy skilfully by combining economic, legal as well as scientific and technical skills.
Likewise, while the legal framework allows the integration of climate change considerations into public procurement, each element must be technically and scientifically solid to remain legally admissible. If not, the market itself may be canceled. Only with a rigorous and documented approach to each step of the proposed purchase will it be possible to arrive at non-questionable considerations.
Due to the complexity that this approach may bring, at Vertech Group, we support organizations in the various stages of the process to guarantee its accomplishment. Thus, we work on several key aspects:
- Calculate the Green-House Gases emissions to better determine the environmental requirements to be set, by means of a Life Cycle Analysis methodology
- Definition of “purchasing families” in every jurisdiction and for each family use of reliable, measurable and controllable environmental specific criteria.h
- Adjustment of the balancing at the selected procedure
- Use of reliable, measurable and controllable environmental criteria.
- Application of criteria on the granted contract.
- “Product” approach via Life Cycle Analysis.
- Establishment of evaluation methods for each criteria.
- Introduction of a provision related to carbon offsetting.
- Control of compensation actions.