Reduce costs – save resources – acquire customers: "Green procurement" is becoming more and more important for professional purchasers from industry and commerce and public authorities. Particularly the public authorities are asked to consider the long-term consequences in their purchasing strategy.
Cost reduction and environmental aspects often go hand in hand. The major part of the additional expenses will remunerate over the lifetime of the product. In the long term, the savings will outweigh the required investments. In Germany, the annual volume of purchases made by the government, the federal states and the municipalities amounts to about €260 billion.
Buy green - generate saving potentials
The demand includes the procurement of office supplies, vehicles, electricity, gas and heat. Environmentally friendly procurement by the public sector alone can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 12 megatons by 2020 – the amount that 1.25 million German citizens cause each year.
At the same time, expenses of €700 million can be saved. Private enterprises also orientate themselves by these saving potentials. Their demand for environmentally friendly products and services is also growing constantly. The Berliner Energieagentur is providing advice to enterprises and public administrations on a national and international level helping them to adjust their purchasing strategy to comply with environmental and climate protection issues and still reduce costs.
We are developing guidelines, directives and manuals to help with calls for tenders, disseminate information about the advantages and drawbacks of the commonly used labels, and publish successful best practice examples.