PIB | 04 Jun, 2022
eMarketplace [GeM] is promoting sustainable public procurement [SPP] of
products and services in association with the United Nations
Environment Program [UNEP].
Since the launch of Green Room Air
Conditioners [RAC] in June 2021, GeM has taken a series of path-breaking
steps to roll out new features and functionalities on the portal to
promote the adoption of environmentally sustainable products and
on World Environment Day, Shri PK Singh, CEO GeM said that GeM is
prioritizing the listing and availability of environmentally sustainable
products and services by targeting the largest selling products and
services on the portal, and products and services based on their
potential for impact on the environment.
Further, GeM has proactively
created and listed new product and service categories, and implemented
new functionalities, namely; forward auction for safe disposal of
obsolete machinery, and buyback option for disposal of obsolete assets
and procurement of new products.
Atul Bagai, UNEP Country Head, highlighted that public procurement
represents a sizable proportion of Government’s spending. By promoting
SPP practices, governments have the opportunity to create high-volume
and long-term demand of sustainable products and services. Bagai
reinforced UNEP’s support and commitment for achieving this objective.
June 2021, Green RACs were launched on GeM. The purchase of Green RACs
is on a voluntary basis. and the faster adoption of such products by
government buyers will pave the way for realizing India’s Nationally
Determined Contributions [NDC] and its commitment towards Sustainable
Development Goal [SDG] # 12 “Ensure Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns” with special emphasis on target 12.7
– aims to “Promote public procurement practices that are sustainable,
in accordance with national policies and priorities.” In 2021-22,
government buyers procured 176 green RACs worth INR 3.65 Crore.
and printing paper [Maplitho], an uncoated paper used to make
textbooks, notebooks, from hardwood pulp) is a popular product category
Approx. 90% of the total procurement of writing and printing
paper is for Eco-mark paper which is a standard applicable for
manufacturer producing paper from agro-based and recycled fibre-based
GeM has created marketplace filters to help government buyers identify solar-powered renewable products such as inverters, streetlights, torch lights, study lamps, water heating systems, and battery-powered e-rickshaws for passengers.
use products for pollution tracking, monitoring and rehabilitation,
refuse disposal and treatment of hazardous and non-hazardous waste
including sewage treatment are already listed and available for
procurement on the portal.
GeM has introduced “The Green Gold Collection”, a dedicated online market store to showcase
a range of bamboo accessories for potential use in the construction
sector and exquisitely handcrafted bamboo handicrafts, daily-utility
products/ disposals for government buyers. Bamboo producers will be able
to list their products under different product categories.