Green procurement policy

Procurement policy and guideline documents set out the shared understanding of an organisation's approach to procurement.  It should include:


  • considerations about whole-of-life impact of products
  • guidance about the priority considerations relevant for the purchasing organisation, e.g. energy efficiency, water consumption, emissions during product use and disposal, air-miles, disposal/ take-back issues, and social impacts and benefits
  • guidance about the acceptable variation in price from a traditional product selection, e.g. is a 10% purchase premium acceptable for reduced operational cost?
  • the inclusion of relevant criteria in tender evaluation and documentation
  • a process for screening prospective suppliers for social and environmental compliance and commitment e.g. ISO14000
  •  an evaluation and monitoring protocol.


CitySwitch Quick Guide to Sustainable Procurement

The Australian Government has created a comprehensive Guide to Sustainable Procurement

The Australasian Procurement Construction Council has developed guides specific to six major procurement items. See more assistance and guides in the related resources section below.


Related resources

Beginner's Guide to Sustainable Procurement

Beginner's Guide to Sustainable Procurement

Sustainable procurement is the process of reviewing the items and services that your office purchases and selecting ones with lower environmental impact.

Top tips for working paper free

Hear from one City of Sydney green champion about how she approached the challenge of going paper-free in the office including useful apps and other resources.


Lamp recycling can help reduce the amount of mercury being sent to landfill. FluoroCycle is a voluntary product stewardship scheme that seeks to increase the national recycling rate of waste mercury-containing lamps.

USA Sustainable Procurement Policies

A collection of ten real Sustainable Procurement Policies from USA state administrations, complied by California's Buy Recycled program. 

Sustainable Procurement of Services Guide (AUS)

Detailed information about the sustainability issues to consider when procuring services, such as financial, best practice performance criteria that can be used in approaches to market and possible contract requirements. Produced by the Australian Government.

Sustainable Procurement Guide (Australian Government)

Guide for Australian Government purchasers to include sustainability considerations in all stages of the procurement process, from identifying the business need to disposing of goods. Commissioned by the Australian Government and developed by ECO-buy.

Television and Computer Recycling Scheme

The Product Stewardship (Televisions and Computers) Regulations 2011 is the regulation to support national, industry-led recycling scheme for televisions and computers, by the Australian Government. This page hosts guides and information.

Environmental Procurement Policy

Victoria's environmental procurement policy declaration, strategies, and help guides.

End of life

Disposing of old and un-used equipment is an opportunity to continue sustainable management practices.


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