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Source: Chamber of Deputies of Chile

Prioritize for public purchases to companies that have clean production policies in their commercial activities, as well as those that use in their material processes and inputs those that have a lower environmental impact, is the objective of the project (bulletin 12.178) that dispatched to the Chamber of the Environment Commission.

The proposal, promoted by deputy Amaro Labra (PC) and supported by all sectors, seeks to establish in the law that regulates contracts for the supply and provision of services for the public sector, that these criteria are weighted at the time of choosing a bidder .

The current regulations do not specify sustainability among its guiding principles, keeping only in internal instructions in state institutions. Therefore, the project seeks to strengthen the regulation of this type of initiatives, especially by observing the amounts traded in the Public Market.

The deputy Félix González (PEV), president of the instance, explained that when the services want to make a tender, they prepare some bases and define scores for each of the elements of the tender and give more percentage to one than to another.

“Normally, what has the highest percentage is the price. In this case, within these weights the sustainability variable will have to exist and, therefore, there will be a legal obligation to give priority to those producers or services that meet these characteristics, ”he said.

For his part, the deputy José Miguel Castro (RN) stressed that “each case is special, because each condition and each requirement of the State or municipalities or of any public entity will define what type of product is required and what weighting gives, for example, the one that pollutes the air less, the one that throws less waste into the water or that the company considers recycling ”.

The project considers the public procurement criteria developed by the Ministry of Environment in 2014 and which includes, among other matters, preferring those companies that have recycling agreements and energy efficiency procedures.

The implementation of this measure would generate, as associated benefits, promoting the generation of economies of scales that allow the acquisition of goods and services with better environmental performance; Stimulate competition among state-owned companies, by encouraging them to incorporate sustainability into their product processes; promote the incorporation of more sustainable technologies; and expand the market towards innovative solutions, promoting scientific research and innovation.

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