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The Brazilian Government increases procurement of sustainable products

Public sustainable product procurement in the first quarter of 2012 already totals 83% of the purchases made in year 2011 in so-called "sustainable tenders". In comparison with the same period in 2010, there was an increase of 61% in Federal Government procurement of these products. By March 2012, the value had reached approximately R$ 12 million.  Since the sustainable procurement policy began in 2010, the Federal Government has invested more than R$ 34 million in acquiring these products.

The Sustainable Procurement program is one of the initiatives of the administration to ensure value is obtained in products consumed through applying environmental, economic and social criteria in all stages of the life cycle of the goods. This transforms the purchase procedure into an instrument to protect nature. Since the implementation of the regulatory standard for sustainable procurement in January 2010 up to March this year, the Federal Government has issued 1,490 tenders for items classified as sustainable by the Integrated General Services Administration (SIASG), managed by the Ministry of Planning, Budgets and Administration (MPOG).

A total of 550 products are considered sustainable by SIASG. The increase in the number of purchases of this type is explained by the increase in the number of items available. The products most purchased since the implementation of the policy are recycled ink cartridges for printers (41.5%), recycled printer toner (23.9%), air conditioning equipment (7.5%) and recycled paper (6.2%). Vehicles using biofuels and cups made from corn starch are also included in the register. Among the government bodies that most use the procurement process are the Ministry of Education (MEC), with over 600 tenders, and the Ministries of Defense and Justice, with 283 and 78 respectively.

09 May 2012