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Steps to a Circular Economy: Green Federal Procurement

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Hannah Sawyer

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Transcript of Steps to a Circular Economy: Green Federal Procurement

Sustainable Development Goals in the U.S: the Role of Sustainable Public Procurement
design by Dóri Sirály for Prezi
European Procurement Case Study: Rotterdam
Federal Acquisition Regulation: Primary regulation for use by all Federal Executive agencies in their acquisition of supplies and services with appropriated funds.

Became effective on April 1, 1984,

Issued under: Administrator of General Services, the Secretary of Defense, and the Administrator for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, under the broad policy guidelines of the Administrator, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Office of Management and Budget.
Is the FAR far out, or Not far enough?
Revise the FAR to implement policy that will improve agencies' environmental performance and Federal sustainability pursuant to Executive Order 13693
FAR Case 2015-033
Economy of Waste
SDG 12
UN Sustainable Development Goals:
United Nations released seventeen goals of sustainable development to transform the world by 2030.
Promises an action plan for people, planet, and prosperity while strengthening peace and environmental justice.
What is Public Procurement?
"Government procurement or public procurement is the procurement of goods, services or constructions on behalf of a public authority, such as a government agency. With 10 to 20% of GDP, government procurement accounts for a substantial part of the global economy"
Procurement has a large impact as it affects every level of the life of a product from extraction to disposal.
Executive Order 13693
Sustainable/ Green Procurement entails the public sector buying goods and services in social, environmental, and economically responsible ways
Eco Labels and Standards
Planning for federal sustainability the next decade
Sustainable Acquisition - Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
Purchase sustainable and environmentally preferable products and services identified by EPA or the U.S. Department of Energy.
Specifications of the FAR Part 23
Procura - network of European public authorities that connect, exchange and act on sustainable and innovation procurement.

Universal eco labels & monitoring systems
Mandatory green spend analysis reports
Works Cited
100% sustainable purchases in 2015
Achieved through:
Political structure
Life cycle cost analysis
Supplier Engagement
Circular procurement
European Procurement Case Study: Norway
*2014 European Green Council Sustainable cities: 4th
*2017 RobecoSam Country Sustainability Ranking: 3rd
Key Objectives:
Request government institutions with a significant impact on the environment to introduce third-party certified environmental management systems

Cooperate closely with other relevant countries
through the UN, the EU and the Nordic Council
of Ministers, in order to develop criteria, practical
tools, indicators, etc.
Major US History of Sustainable Procurement
- The Pollution Prevention Act
- Executive Order 12873, “Federal Acquisition, Recycling and Waste Prevention.”
EPA’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Program
- The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council issue the final rule for Federal Acquisition Regulation revisions related to "Environmentally Sound Products".
- Executive Order 13148 - Greening the Government Through Leadership in Environmental Management
- EPA amends the Environmental Protection Agency Acquisition Regulation (EPAAR) to include green meeting requirements.
2008 -
Executive Order 13514 - Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance
Executive Order 13693 Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade.
2015 -
Executive Order 13693 Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade.
2017 -
FAR Case 2015-033

Federal agencies shall advance sustainable acquisition by ensuring that 95 percent of new contract actions for the supply of products and for the acquisition of services (including construction) require that the products are

Energy-efficient (ENERGY STAR® or Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)-designated);

(2) Water-efficient;

(3) Biobased;

(4) Environmentally preferable (e.g., EPEAT®-registered, or non-toxic or less toxic alternatives);

(5) Non-ozone depleting; or

(6) Made with recovered materials.

(b) The required products in the contract actions for services include products that are—

(1) Delivered to the Government during performance;

(2) Acquired by the contractor for use in performing services at a Federally-controlled facility; or

(3) Furnished by the contractor for use by the Government.

(c) The required products in the contract actions must meet agency performance requirements.

(d) For purposes of meeting the 95 percent sustainable acquisition requirement, the term “contract actions” includes new contracts (and task and delivery orders placed against them) and new task and delivery orders on existing contracts.
New Agency Targets.
New Exemptions
Removal of References to EPEAT
New Contract Clause

"2018 Procura Seminar!" Procura Network. Accessed December 06, 2017. http://www.procuraplus.org/about-procura/.

"Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures." EPA. August 10, 2017. Accessed December 06, 2017. https://www.epa.gov/smm/advancing-sustainable-materials-management-facts-and-figures.

"Country Sustainability Ranking." Country Sustainability Ranking | RobecoSAM. Accessed December 06, 2017. http://www.robecosam.com/en/sustainability-insights/about-sustainability/country-sustainability-ranking/.

"Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program History." EPA. December 04, 2017. Accessed December 06, 2017. https://www.epa.gov/greenerproducts/environmentally-preferable-purchasing-program-history.
"Executive Order 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade." EPA. April 04, 2017. Accessed December 06, 2017. https://www.epa.gov/greeningepa/executive-order-13693-planning-federal-sustainability-next-decade#sustainable.
"New Policies on Sustainable Acquisition: Among Last Proposed FAR Rules of Obama Administration." The National Law Review. Accessed December 06, 2017. https://www.natlawreview.com/article/new-policies-sustainable-acquisition-among-last-proposed-far-rules-obama.

"Sustainability Roadmap for Hospitals." Sustainable Supply Chain - Sustainability Roadmap. Accessed December 06, 2017. http://www.sustainabilityroadmap.org/topics/supply.shtml#.WiY037YrIcg.

"Sustainable consumption and production." United Nations. Accessed December 06, 2017. http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-consumption-production/.
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