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GREEN Procurement

Definition
Green procurement is defined as the selection of environmentally less hazardous materials in the procurement process and products that generates less waste and after use. It can also help an enterprise economically as well as lighten its environmental impacts. Green procurement refers to the purchasing of products and services that have a reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared with competing products or services that serve the same purpose. This comparison can consider raw materials acquisition, production, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, reuse, operation, maintenance, and disposal of the product or service. Green procurement is also known as environmentally preferred procurement (EPP), environmentally responsible procurement, green purchasing, affirmative procurement, eco-procurement, and environmentally responsible procurement. Transnational IT companies are typically among the largest sources of fixed capital investment in developing countries. As such, they have the potential to be natural leaders when it comes to promoting clean tech, sustainable energy and resource management. Most organizations either public or private sector are continuously improving in procuring environmentally preferable products, promoting sustainable practices, managing energy consumption and considering sustainability in all activities. The main purpose for this is an effort to: Conserve natural resources Minimize pollution Reduce water and energy use Avoid environmental health hazards in organization and within our community Divert material from the landfill Improve the availability and use of environmentally preferable product Encourage Suppliers to reduce their environmental impact and to send that message up their supply chain Support locally produced goods and services

Educate and inform purchasers, requestors and end users, and suppliers of the best environmentally responsible purchasing choices

Benefits
Green/Environmentally Preferred procurement is valuable because it: 1. Reduces costs and improves the campus environment; For example: Paper and cardboard taken from recycle bins is recycled into new products. Recycling the material saves the tipping fees at the landfill. 2. Strengthens markets for recyclable material. For example: Recycling is more than just placing certain materials in a special bin. The recycling loop is complete only when materials that you have separated for recycling are processed and remanufactured into new products, which are then sold. Recycling works only when consumers, businesses and organizations buy products made with recycled material. Economic analysis shows that recycling can generate three times as much revenue per ton as landfill disposal and almost six times as many jobs 3. Promotes use of less-toxic products that protect the health and safety of end-users and minimize harmful emissions to our air, land, and water For example: Using safer cleaning products can help protect the health within community. Green Guard and Green Seal enable consumers to quickly identify and choose products that are safer to use. 4. Saves Energy by promoting the purchase of energy conserving products. For example: If all copiers sold were ENERGY STAR-labeled and set to automatically default to duplex, the amount of paper used could be reduced by more than 200 billion sheets. This adds up to a savings of 1 million tons of paper, enough to save an estimated 20 million trees