Workshop on Life Cycle Assessment for Sustainable Public Procurement

MAITREE organized a workshop on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for Sustainable Public Procurement  in partnership with United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) as a part of the ongoing support to UNEP and Ministry of Finance (MOF), for developing framework and criteria for sustainable public procurement with a special focus on room air-conditioners.

The purpose of the workshop was to sensitize decision makers in the government on various aspects of life cycle assessment for public procurement. Over 60 experts participated in the workshop; which included government officials from the MOF, Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), officials from government’s digital ecommerce portal for procurement and selling of goods and services i.e. Government e-Market Place (GeM). The workshop also hosted representatives from trade and industry associations such as FICCI and CII, research and not for profit institutions such as NEERI, TERI and CLASP, and product certification bodies such as UL and many more.

Mr. Anil Jain, Special Secretary, MoEF&CC, chaired the event and emphasized the importance of reuse, recycling and waste management in life cycle assessment, and life cycle cost-based approach as a potential to identify opportunities for waste to wealth creation. He also highlighted the need of innovative business models based on circular economy, re-thinking India’s taxation policies, standardization of procurement policies and evidence-based policies.

Mr. Sanjay Prasad, Joint Secretary, MoF gave a special address setting the context of workshop, background of India’s efforts in sustainable public procurement with emphasis on challenges faced by Ministry with respect to life cycle assessment. He cited examples of contracts awarded in India based on life cycle assessment and emphasized on the need of contextual practical solutions. He urged the group to deliberate on a sustainable public procurement framework that encourages good GDP for India.

Mr. S Suresh Kumar, Joint Secretary and Additional CEO, GeM, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, led the industry discussion on way forward and stressed the importance to assess need for a market readiness study in terms of capacity and preparedness for the LCA based Sustainable Public Procurement framework.

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