In the nine years since the last edition of the Procura+ Manual was published, much has changed. Sustainable procurement has continued to develop and spread amongst public authorities both in Europe and the rest of the world, so that it now forms part of procurement policy in 56 countries.1 Sustainable procurement has also grown in both scope – to encompass a wider range of environmental, social and economic issues, promoting value for money in its full sense – and depth, as the knowledge and techniques developed by frontrunners have been disseminated and standards raised.
However, progress towards more sustainable procurement has not been straightforward. The economic downturn has severely limited public budgets in many countries and the resources, along with the political will, to implement sustainable procurement have come under pressure.
While some governments have experienced the cost savings and competitive advantages associated with sustainable procurement, work remains to be done to demonstrate its benefts to others and to consolidate the progress already made.
This fully updated and revised edition of the Procura+ Manual aims to position sustainable procurement in the current economic, political and legal framework. As with previous editions, it acts as a central point of reference for public authorities and others wishing to understand and implement sustainable procurement.
The lessons and experiences of Procura+ Network participants are reﬂected in the pages that follow, together with the fndings of a number of recent large-scale studies and sector-specifc initiatives. The Manual continues to oﬀer a clear overview of what sustainable procurement is, how it can be implemented and what the costs and benefts are. It is intended to be used both by those who are new to the feld and those who are already familiar with the key concepts, but are seeking examples of sustainable procurement in action and arguments to strengthen it within their own organisations.
This new edition comes at a signifcant juncture in EU public procurement, following the transposition of the 2014 Procurement Directives2 by EU Member States. One of the ambitions of the reform was to facilitate the strategic use of public contracts to achieve broader societal goals.
The Procura+ Manual includes:
-practical advice on how to integrate sustainability into procurement;
-a model for systematically implementing sustainable procurement – the Procura+ Management Cycle;
-an exploration of the possibilities for sustainable and innovation procurement set out within the 2014 Directives, including how they can be applied in practice;
-key guidance on sustainable procurement approaches for six high-priority product groups – construction, IT equipment, cleaning products, food, vehicles and electricity;
-links and references throughout the text to good practice examples from around Europe, more detailed information on the product groups covered and a variety of further implementation tools.
The manual is available on Procura+ website.