Barrier Analysis Dialogue Series: Walk the Talk I: Governments lead the transformation

Tue, May 24 2022
Asia/Bangkok: 2:00 - 4:00pm
Asia/Kuala_Lumpur: 3:00 - 5:00pm
Europe/Berlin: 9:00 - 11:00am

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When it comes to transforming our economy and society into a more sustainable one, it is important that governments ‘walk the talk’. One of the most direct ways they can do so is by making their own purchasing more sustainable through Green/ Sustainable Public Procurement (GPP/ SPP). GPP/SPP can reduce the environmental impact of a government’s operations, can incentivise companies to invest in transformation, and can even save public money through the purchase of more energy efficient, longer-lasting and thus more sustainable products.

A major barrier to GPP/ SPP, however, is the ‘least acquisition cost paradigm’. Put simply, procurers are often required to purchase the cheapest products. While this saves money upfront, cheap products are often suboptimal in quality and cost more money over their lifetime, including through energy, maintenance and disposal costs.

To implement GPP/ SPP, the ‘lowest cost’ principle needs to be replaced with ‘value for money’ as a fundamental principle of procurement. This will require political commitment, clear legal backing for SPP, as well as guidance for procurers on evaluating value for money, including the use of methods like Life-Cycle Costing (LCC), Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) and Product-Service Systems (PSS). In addition to these advanced methods, buying ecolabelled products and services can also help procurers identify products of a higher quality, as well as compare the true costs of products. This dialogue will therefore present the theory of overcoming the ‘, as well as real life examples where SPP is being used to buy best value and reduce environmental impacts. 

The Dialogue Series is part of the projects “Proliferation of Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in Asia – the Next 5 Countries (SCP Outreach)” and “Scaling Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP): Ecolabelling and Sustainable Public Procurement for a Low-Carbon Pathway in South-East Asia (Scaling SCP), commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV). The goal is to highlight the barriers, strategies and potentials for realizing circular economy principles by effectively designing and implementing a sustainable product policy framework.   


  • To accrue policymakers, experts, businesses and practitioners passionate about GPP/ SPP and EL to influence consumption patterns to minimize the environmental damage caused by goods and services
  • To be inspired by country cases on policies, regulations, best practices, and business models that foster the implementation of EL and GPP/ SPP
  • To expand understanding and learn about common barriers in their implementation and possible strategies for successfully overcoming these barriers

Target Groups

  • Policy- and decision makers, civil servants and practitioners from the ASEAN region, but also across the world, developing GPP/ SPP and EL systems.
  • Business associations, companies, organisations and individuals who are passionate about the topic of EL and SPP.

The recording of the event is available at


14.00 – 14.05

Greetings and welcome by moderator

14.05 – 14.10

About the Dialogue Series
Wilasinee Poonuchaphai, Project Co-Director, SCP Outreach, GIZ

14.10 – 14.25

‘Moving from a lowest cost to best value mindset’

  • SPP B 3: Least acquisition cost paradigm
  • SPP B 4: High upfront costs of sustainable products

Ashleigh McLennan, Researcher, Oeko-Institut (German Institute for Applied Ecology)

14.25 – 14.40

The long path to GPP in Taiwan: Political commitment, clear policies, circular letters and green specification in Standard Bidding Documents

Dr. Huichen Chien, Director General, Department of Supervision Evaluation and Dispute Resolution, The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA)

14.40 – 14.55

Theory and Practical Example: Life Cycle Costing (LCC) case

Patrick T. Aquino, Director of the Energy Utilization Management Bureau (EUMB) under the Philippine Department of Energy (DOE)

14.55 – 15.10

Q & A

15.10 – 15.25

Product as Services from a private sector perspective: Printer as a Service

Hayato Tsuboi, Marketing and Business Planning Director, FUJIFILM Business Innovation (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

  1. 25 15.40

MyRelamp and Viable Financing Mechanism in Green Public Procurement Using Ecolabel

Haikal Mohamad Shafie, Technical Specialist, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Division - Technology Solutions Group, Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Corporation (MGTC)

15.40 – 15.55

Q & A

15.55 – 16.00

Wrap Up and Closing by the moderator