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CO2 Performance Ladder to be implemented in Europe

The Foundation for Climate Friendly Procurement and Business (SKAO), together with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Utrecht University Centre for Public Procurement (UUCePP) and ICLEI Europe, will support European countries in implementing the CO2 Performance Ladder in Europe over the next two years. This roll-out of the CO2 Performance Ladder is supported by the IKEA Foundation.

Accelerating CO2 reduction through sustainable procurement

The project 'Accelerating decarbonisation through the power of procurement by disseminating the CO2 Performance Ladder:

implementation and expansion' aims to accelerate CO2 reduction in Europe by promoting sustainable procurement through the CO2 Performance Ladder. Research by think tank IISD shows that compared to other sustainability instruments, the CO2 Performance Ladder stands out because of its use in public tenders, its proven impact on CO2 reduction and its third-party verification system. Also, the CO2 Performance Ladder is readily applicable in tenders in Europe. According to renowned research firm CE Delft, the CO2 Performance Ladder is a proven instrument for CO2 reduction, and it has been named by the IPCC, WEF, and OECD as best practice for sustainable procurement.

Implementation and roll-out

Parties in Ireland, France, the UK, and Germany have indicated their intention to start working with the CO2 Performance Ladder. In the coming years, several contracting authorities in Europe will use the Ladder to encourage structural CO2 reductions among their suppliers. In the Netherlands and Belgium, the CO2 Performance Ladder is already widely used in public tenders.

Strategic partners

The project partners will support European countries in implementing the Ladder in various  different ways. Utrecht University will evaluate the CO2 Performance Ladder as a procurement tool from economic and legal perspectives. ICLEI will use its network of cities and municipalities active on green public procurement to increase awareness and understanding of the Ladder, while IISD will investigate the possibilities of deploying the CO2 Performance Ladder outside Europe.

Maud Vastbinder, manager CO2 Performance Ladder Europe: ‘We are delighted to be working with IISD, ICLEI and Utrecht University to make a success of the CO2 Performance Ladder in Europe, and that the IKEA Foundation has confirmed its confidence in the impact the CO2 Performance Ladder can make internationally. With the CO2 Performance Ladder, Europe gains a powerful sustainability tool to promote green public procurement

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