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National Sustainable Public Procurement Programme

The National Sustainable Public Procurement Programme (NSPPP) seeks to make it clear to government employees that sustainable procurement is simply good procurement practice which can generate significant benefits, including:

  • Increased efficiency;
  • Reduction in carbon;
  • Cost savings.

The programme explains public procurement and demonstrates how to apply sustainable procurement good practice throughout the purchasing cycle.

Additional e-learning tools are also available for use in both the public and private sector:

Programme modules

NSPPP training courses are highly interactive with a lot of attendee participation. The programme delivered in modules:

Further details of the areas covered in each module are available on the Modules and trainers page. If you are interested in attending any of the above courses please contact gbs.alerts@defra.gsi.gov.uk

Train the Trainer

The NSPPP trains trainers in both the public and private sectors to deliver the course materials. Recommended trainers, who have completed the NSPPP training, are listed on the Modules and trainers page.

If you are interested in applying to become a trainer for any of the courses please contact gbs.alerts@defra.gsi.gov.uk in the first instance.

History and funding

Launched in September 2009, the programme started with pilots in 6 local authority regions. During 2010-11 it is being rolled out to local authorities, and piloted in the following sectors: higher and further education, National Health Service, central government and local authorities in Scotland.

Funded by Defra, and delivered by WRAP, the training course development has been supported by the Marrakech Task Force (MTF), National Sustainable Commissioning and Procurement Programme, NHS, Department of Health, Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnerships (RIEPS), the Higher Education Sustainable Procurement Centre of Excellence (HE SPCE), Cabinet Office and Scotland Excel.

Page last modified: 26 November, 2013

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