Sustainable procurement

Implementing sustainable procurement practices in the public sector

What is sustainable procurement?

Sustainable procurement ensures that goods and services are procured in a way that not only achieves quality and value for money for the organisation but which also ensures benefits for society, the economy and the environment.

Why is sustainable procurement important?

Sustainable procurement can save money, reduce environmental impact, increase competitiveness and boost reputation.

Sustainable procurement practices need to be included in procurement decisions in Scotland across the public sector to ensure the requirements of the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 are met and that social, economic and environmental benefits are made. 

How is Zero Waste Scotland involved?

We are supporting the public sector in Scotland to enhance their procurement decisions to exemplify good practice as well as to enable them to be better placed to comply with the requirements of the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014.

We have and continue to deliver, a series of training sessions using the Marrakech Task Force Approach to Sustainable Procurement to key influencers in the public sector.  This training enables participants to learn from other organisations, consider new decision making processes and up-skill within their organisation to enable them to contribute to social, economic and environmental aims. 

We are also providing mentoring support and solutions for selected procurements across Scotland’s public sector to guide organisations in using a consistent approach to sustainable procurement which will have a particular focus on the added value that this approach can bring to public spend including value of life cycle impact mapping, the commissioning process and market engagement. Case studies of good practice exemplars will be developed from this work to support a long term road map to develop a circular economy.

Want to know more about sustainable procurement?

The Introduction to Sustainable procurement online learning module has been developed to introduce the concept of sustainable public procurement in Scotland. It takes around 20 minutes and is certified on completion.

For more information and guidance on Sustainable procurement, visit the Scottish Government's website 

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