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Government (the Confederation, cantons, municipalities) purchases goods and services worth about CHF 36 billion every year. This huge potential should be fully exploited, both to set a good example and to steer the market in the direction of better products and services. The Products Section has therefore established an Ecological Purchasing Service.
At a national and international level, the service works to develop framework conditions (law, finances, aids) that will favour environmental public purchasing. It cooperates with environmental, legal, financial, purchasing, usage and production specialists.
Training of federal purchasers: Courses provided by the Federal Procurement Commission (BKB). Taking the criteria of sustainable development into account in purchasing. Incorporation of life-cycle thinking.
Information exchange and collaboration with the 2 largest associations of public purchasers in Switzerland, the Interest Group for Ecological Purchasing (IGöB) and the Coordination Group for Ecological Building (KöB). Developing and harmonising ecological criteria for the different areas in purchasing.
Preparation and distribution of aids for environmental purchasing, such as handbooks, recommendations and informations on eco-labelling.
Support of purchasing offices in connection with the introduction of Federal Resources and Environmental Management RUMBA.
Analysis of financial and budgetary questions in connection with life cycle approaches
OECD Project "Greener Public Purchasing"
Public Purchasing Forum, Swiss Conference of Directors of Public Works, Planning and Environmental Protection (BPUK):
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