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How to drive energy efficient innovation through sustainable procurement

SMART SPP – innovation through sustainable procurement promoted the introduction of new, innovative low carbon emission technologies and integrated solutions onto the European market by the pre-procurement phase of public tenders. Read about the guidance, tools and case studies produced here.

Guide on Innovation through Sustainable Procurement

Driving energy efficient innovation through procurement - A practical guide for public authorities.

This guide is aimed at assisting public authorities in becoming "innovation-friendly" - that is achieving the most innovative, energy efficient solutions within their procurement actions, particularly through increased dialogue with suppliers and producers.

Download: >> English  |  >> Spanish  |  >> Portuguese  | >> Danish

Tool for calculating Life-Cycle Costs and CO2 Emissions

User Guide for the LCC-CO2 Tool (recommended to be used with the Excel tool).

This User Guide accompanies the SMART SPP LCC-CO2 Tool. It has been produced to help you understand (1) what kind of information the tool can provide, (2) how to use the tool in a tendering process and (3) how the tool should be completed, and by whom.

Download [pdf file 8MB]: >> English  |  >> Spanish

Given recent economic conditions, we see more emphasis on life cycle costing. We also see more people asking fundamental questions about whether or not they really need to buy a product or service and if can they do without it. Simply not buying is sometimes (but not always) the greenest option.“ – Niels Ramm, UNOPS in UNEP (2013): Sustainable Public Procurement: A Global Review.

Excel Tool for LCC-CO2 - Version 2.2: Includes improved tooltips, default language setting. Download: >> Spanish

Excel Tool for LCC-CO2 - Version 2.1: Download: >> English>> Spanish

Indoor lighting LCC-Tool

This tool, which was commissioned by the Government of Flanders, helps you calculate and estimate the purchase price for your indoor lighting project, the total cost of ownership and the (external) environmental costs that the project comprises. The tool can be used for acquiring as well as leasing indoor lighting.

Download the Indoor Lighting LCC Excel Tool here.

Visual guide to using the life-cycle costing and CO2 assessment tool for office indoor lighting projects

Download the guide here.

Case Study Collection

Using the power of public procurement to encourage sustainable innovation, in terms of the goods and services purchased by cities and other public authorities was the central idea behind SMART SPP. The experiences from the project partners - the City of Barcelona (Spain), London Borough of Bromley (United Kingdom), Municipality of Cascais (Portugal), the Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation (United Kingdom) and the Municipality of Kolding (Denmark) - were documented in a publication (published August 2011).

Download your copy of this case study collection (five case studies in one publication) here [pdf files]: >> English  |  >> Spanish  |  >> Portuguese  | >> Danish