This guidance document supports the Welsh Government’s ambition to deliver a circular economy for Wales.

Welsh Government has set an ambitious decarbonisation target – to reduce emissions by at least 45% by 2030. To achieve this, a target has also been set for the Welsh public sector to become carbon neutral by 2030. This document has been designed to help public sector organisations embed sustainability into their procurement processes and make low carbon material choices.

It provides practical advice and links to tools – for anyone who has an influence on spend decisions – to overcome perceived barriers to procuring sustainable products, with a focus on re-use, re-manufacture, and recycled content.

The document presents a range of information on the public procurement of re-usable, re-used and re-manufactured products, products containing recycled content and the delivery of services. The following suggested approaches aim to maximise environmental, social and economic impacts over the entire life cycle.

The guidance consists of six sections:

  1. Introduction: sustainable procurement
  2. Main barriers
  3. Benefits of procuring sustainable products
  4. Practical actions to overcome barriers
  5. Looking forward
  6. Resources

By optimising the ways in which we re-use, re-manufacture, recycle and dispose of materials throughout Welsh public procurement, we can accelerate the move to a sustainable resource-efficient economy.

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