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Procurement with a focus on legal, environmental and social aspects

Improving procurement through advice, hands-on support, training and capacity development. We run OJEU-level procedures and work with public and third-sector bodies at the local, national and international levels.


Compliance with EU public procurement rules


Market and supplier engagement


Developing and implementing procurement strategy


Whole-life and life-cycle costing


For social value and value for money


Policy development and impact assesment

Abby Semple, LL.B, Ph.D
Principal Consultant

Over the past 15 years Abby has worked with over 200 public authorities across Europe and international organisations including the European Commission, WIPO and OECD.  Abby is a regular conference speaker and author of guidance, policy briefs, articles, book chapters and A Practical Guide to Public Procurement, published by Oxford University Press in March 2015.

What is sustainable public procurement?

Sustainable public procurement (SPP) takes into account the life cycle environmental, social and economic impacts of the goods, services or works being purchased. This means that instead of focusing on purchase price alone, buyers and suppliers look at a range of criteria linked to the production, use and disposal of assets. It does not necessarily imply higher costs, but does require knowledge and capacity. SPP can be carried out in accordance with the EU Procurement Directives and many authorities at national, regional and local level have adopted a policy. Internationally, there is growing awareness of the importance of SPP and this is reflected e.g. in the establishment of a work programme on sustainable procurement under the WTO Government Procurement Agreement. The work of the Marrakech Task Force on SPP and the United Nations Environment Programme have helped establish sustainable procurement in a number of developing and developed countries.


For further details of PPA's services, references and consultants please contact us.

Tel: +44 7786861854

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