This Practice Note is a guide to the implementation of sustainable procurement under Directive 2014/24/EU and the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. It identifies the main ways in which this can be achieved, such as the application of labels to technical specifications and sustainability assessments during selection and award. It also considers the use of performance requirements as a way to include environmental and social considerations.
This Practice Note considers the concerns raised when an abnormally low tender is submitted to a contracting authority, and their subsequent duty to investigate it. It highlights key cases in this area, that help to identify if an abnormally low tender has been submitted. In further detail it discuses the contracting authorities duty to the low bidder and also the other tenderers that could be effected by the low bid.
This Checklist considers the necessary components for sustainable public procurement, outlining key considerations in relation to elements of the technical specification, selection and award criteria and performance requirements.
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