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Last week we mentioned the SPP Regions success story on its CO2 emissions project, which involved the collaboration of 31 contracting authorities carrying out 40 eco-innovative tenders. The organisation has now published 40 good practice examples (or tender models) on the range of product and service categories it covered. These are Food and Catering, Low emission vehicles, Electricity/energy, Energy use in Buildings, and Indoor lighting. Each is written up as a short case study to give a quick and easy understanding of the project carried out and the results.

For example, the ‘Provision of School Food in Bath,’ England, was the Bath & North East Somerset (B&NES) Council provision of 7000 primary school meals of fresh meat and fruit and vegetables within B&NES. They increased use of local suppliers and producers in the region to provide healthy and sustainable products. The original contract was let as lots for various categories of produce with a single supplier for each lot. But the new contract, which appointed an organisation to undertake the order consolidation and delivery meant only one vehicle delivered to a school with a consolidated order of products rather than individual deliveries by individual suppliers. Using a central hub approach, schools that did not have kitchens used those with larger kitchens as ‘hub’ to cook and deliver.

This is a story of a total rethink in procurement process. Each case study explains the procurement approach, the results – environmental, social and financial – and has a valuable Lessons Learned and Future Challenges section at the end. A very useful set of case studies covering a wide range of sectors across Europe – do take a look at the downloadable pdf here.

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