Sustainable procurement

Last updated: 25 May 2021

In local and state government, there are many opportunities to make a positive environmental impact when:

  • procuring products and services
  • planning and delivering a construction project.

Sustainable procurement aims to reduce the environmental impacts of goods, services and construction, by basing decisions on:

  • lifecycle assessment
  • environmental and social risks
  • benefits
  • associated costs.

Through sustainable procurement you can:

  • reduce waste to landfill
  • lower greenhouse gas emissions
  • prevent wasting valuable resources
  • increase demand for recycled materials and products
  • support local community and producers
  • support innovation
  • help transition Victoria into a circular economy.

State government objectives and requirements

Victorian government buyers are required to consider ways to deliver social and sustainable outcomes in every procurement activity, under the Social Procurement Framework.

The framework includes the following three environmental objectives:

  1. Use resources sustainably and maximising the use of recycled content in construction works.
  2. Make sure suppliers minimise the environmental impact of their operations and maintain environmentally responsible policies and practices.
  3. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and integrate climate change resilience.

The framework joins other government obligations and objectives to support developing a sustainable procurement approach.

Sustainable procurement can be used by state and local governments as a strategic tool for achieving key policy objectives.

Procurement activity can support and incentivise product innovation or efficiency from the private sector, by including environmental and social requirements in project specifications.

How we can help

We’re here to guide you at each stage of the procurement lifecycle to identify opportunities to:

  • include recycled content and products
  • embed sustainability as a consideration in your tendering processes
  • find environmentally sustainable options.

We also provide support for government departments and agencies to identify opportunities to increase procurement of recycled content and products, under the Recycling Industry Strategic Plan (PDF, 1MB).

This will drive demand for products containing recycled materials.

We hope to be able to provide more tailored support to local government, under the Recycled First Policy.

More information will be announced mid-2020.

Buy Recycled

Our new online directory lists local products containing recycled content to provide state and local government procurers and buyers easy access to suppliers and product options.

Products include:

  • fencing
  • furniture
  • pavement
  • piping and irrigation
  • playgrounds
  • road base
  • soils.

Buy Recycled aims to provide options to achieve positive environmental outcomes and support organisational sustainability goals.

Access the directory now to consider products for upcoming purchasing and infrastructure projects.

Want to know more? Get in touch with:

Sustainable procurement team

sustainableprocurement@sustainability.vic.gov.au