Study of Awareness & Knowledge of Sustainable Procurement among Procurement Professionals & Identification of Education & Training Needs

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Significant action is taking place at EU level to promote sustainable procurement and in particular green public procurement (GPP). 2008 has been a key year in progressing the GPP agenda, as the European Commission proposes ambitious targets and suggests mandatory measures for greening public procurement across all Member States. In this light, what is the current status in Ireland relating to sustainable and green procurement? This study set out to address two central research questions: what is the level of awareness and knowledge of sustainable procurement among procurement professionals in Ireland?; what are the education and training needs associated with sustainable procurement in Ireland? A literature review was conducted and 99 Irish procurement professionals, across a number of sectors1 and geographic locations in Ireland, were surveyed to assess their awareness and knowledge of sustainable and green procurement. In addition, procurement education and training course providers were interviewed to review sustainable and green procurement coverage in the programmes they offer. The data collected through the survey and reviews were supplemented by information gathered via face-to-face or telephone interviews with key informants, such as: procurement professional bodies, the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, DG Environment, DG Enterprise. These data were analysed and assessed providing the results and conclusions of the study. This study recommends that the first step must be to address the current inertia on sustainable and green procurement in Ireland. Government has a key role in leading the shift to sustainable procurement through setting an example with its own procurement operations and providing a policy and regulatory framework to encourage and mandate the public sector to buy sustainable or green products and services. The EPA could promote the sustainable procurement agenda among the private sector by requiring that IPPC or waste licensees include consideration of sustainable or green procurement in their annually revised environmental management programmes. A public information campaign to raise awareness of the benefits and opportunities created by sustainable (including but not limited to green) purchasing would further stimulate action on sustainable procurement.

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Dr. Brenda Ryan
University College Cork
Environmental Research Scientist
Cleaner Production Promotion Unit (CPPU), Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University College Cork, Cork City, Ireland
Telephone: +353 (0)21 490 2285
e-mail: n.dunphy@ucc.ie

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Author(s)Ryan, B.
Title Of WebsiteSecure Archive For Environmental Research Data
Publication InformationStudy of Awareness & Knowledge of Sustainable Procurement among Procurement Professionals & Identification of Education & Training Needs
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SAFER-Data Display URL http://erc.epa.ie/safer/iso19115/display?isoID=191
Resource KeywordsProcument education sustainable
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project Code2004-SD-DS-14-M2
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeWaste and Resource Management
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Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 1
Project Start Date Thursday 1st January 2004 (01-01-2004)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Thursday 1st January 2004 (01-01-2004)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Saturday 31st January 2009 (31-01-2009)
Published on SAFERThursday 25th November 2010 (25-11-2010)
Date of Last EditThursday 25th November 2010 at 10:09:05 (25-11-2010)
Datasets or Files Updated On Thursday 25th November 2010 at 10:09:05 (25-11-2010)

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This project was a desk study and no data collection in the field or the laboratory was carried how. The details of the survey participants from Ireland are outlined now. The contact details of those involved in procurement in more than 300 organisations in Ireland, within both the public and private sectors, were gathered from web searches, business directories and by contacting the relevant organisations directly. The telephone interview schedule was then designed, based on the web-based questionnaire but significantly reduced to a set of 12 concise questions. An intensive campaign of telephone interviews was then carried out.

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Against the background of the significant action at EU level to promote sustainable procurement (in particular green public procurement), and given the increasing gravity of the sustainable development agenda, this research aims to assess the status of sustainable procurement among procurement professionals in the Irish context. Essentially, the study is focused on addressing two key research questions: 1. What is the level of awareness and knowledge of sustainable procurement among procurement professionals in Ireland? 2. What are the education and training needs associated with sustainable procurement, in Ireland?
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The research was conducted employing a number of research methods, namely: a literature review to set the context for the present work and help inform our results, conclusions and recommendations; two telephone surveys based on an interview schedule, one with procurement professionals and one with procurement education and training programme providers; compilation of databases, some to support the collection of data and others to present data gathered; web-based questionnaire for procurement professionals; and interviews (face-to-face and by telephone) with key informants (procurement professional bodies, the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, DG Environment, DG Enterprise) to supplement and contextualise the other data gathered.
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