The hurdles analysis- identify, analyse and overcome hurdles for green procurement within the procurement process
A self-evaluation tool for local authorities to identify, analyse and overcome hurdles for green procurement within the procurement process
Procurement opens up an important possibility for the implementation of environmental aspect in organisation's decisions. This can be explained with the change in the understanding of the term 'procurement' over the last 50 years. Nowadays procurement is seen as an important part of the value chain providing all other processes with the required goods and services by managing and coordinating the whole process with all its stakeholders and their requirements. Although a lot of different approaches were developed over the last 30 years they did not sufficiently change the procurement process in organisations to become more environmental oriented. This means there have to be reasons for not reaching the aim.
Starting from that thesis an analysis of possible factors (hurdles) hampering, decelerating or even blocking green procurement in organisations was accomplished within the European project RELIEF and in the German projects NaBesI and GeB. The idea of the hurdles analysis was born. The hurdles analysis aims on identifying relevant actors within the procurement process as well as on finding, assessing and handling of hurdles within the procurement process. It therefore was designed as an approach consisting of a questionnaire to identify hurdles, different assessment methods and a workshop to generate strategies to deal with the most relevant hurdles in an organisation. Based on all experience collected by working with and applying the hurdles analysis a self-evaluation tool that is online available from this site was developed by the Chair of Environmental Management and Accounting. With this tool organisations can conduct a hurdles analysis on their own.
This tool consists of the following parts:
The first and the third step is rooted to the organisation itself as every organisation is different and can only do these steps on their own. Nonetheless the Chair of Environmental Management and Accounting supports this progress individually if asked for help. The second step - the assessment - is realised by TU Dresden. Afterwards the organisation is provided with first figures and a short interpretation of the results. On enquiry further assessments of the data is possible as well a deeper interpretation of the results.
If your organisation wants to do such a hurdles analysis via the self-evaluation tool it is possible to register from this page. Just use the link above. You will get further information on the proceedings of the tool as well as on how to accomplish it. As the method shall be further developed, we would like to have your feedback on the tool (mailto: Anne-Karen.Hueske@tu-dresden.de).
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