At this stage, support pro-environmental behaviour by organising green public procurement with environmental friendliness as one of the criteria, promoting cooperatives and purchasing ecological services and products. This would help reduce the carbon footprint of institutions by impacting the supply chain. When preparing Terms of Reference (TOR) for an Invitation to Tender, it is worth including points such as: confirmation of submitting environmental reports, use of ecological and/or recycled materials, environmental criteria (e.g. how the company in question reduces carbon footprint), being up to date with sustainable solutions and keeping the clients informed about them. When drafting TOR, it is also worth paying attention to other criteria associated with sustainable development such as job security (employment contracts), equal opportunities (description of staff, remuneration policy).
An example of such a tender carried out by Zachęta art gallery is available here.
Reduction of water consumption. Proper use of dishwashers can produce a three-fold reduction in water usage compared to washing up by hand.
Power strips for grouping devices that can be switched off from stand-by mode. Devices left in stand-by mode consume electricity. It is recommended to plug in devices to one power strip which can be turned off with one click of a button. Additionally, in computers, it is worth using the energy-saving function.
Multi-purpose devices. It is worth investing in one piece of equipment which combines many functions, e.g. printer, copier and scanner.
Eco-friendly detergents. Choose products with the EU Ecolabel certificate or those based on natural ingredients and that are not tested on animals. It is worth paying attention to eco-friendly packaging, it should be large, suitable for refilling and made of recycled plastic or recyclable material, e.g. glass. Ecological cleaning products are often more expensive, so you can introduce them gradually. It may turn out to be a good moment to verify the current duties of the cleaning company, e.g. offices could be cleaned less frequently but with eco-friendly detergents.