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Use of Labels in Sustainable Procurement

  1. Use of Labels in Sustainable Procurement Presented by Christine Storry – PIPEN Project Manager South West England
  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. 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. 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. Other types of labels Quality Standards • Eg ISO, SA, BS ‘Beyond eco’ labels • Eg, Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance Production standards • Eg, Organic production
  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. 💣 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. 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. 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. 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. 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
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