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Call for Proposals for Designated Procurement Items under the Act on Promoting Green Procurement Starts (Public Works)

April 25, 2019

Joint Press Release with the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

Every fiscal year, the government of Japan has been conducting regular revision of the list of the types of eco-friendly goods, etc. on which priority should be placed in procurement by the government and other organizations (hereinafter referred to as “designated procurement items”), criteria for designating such items and other elements stipulated in the Basic Policy on the Promotion of the Procurement of Eco-Friendly Goods, etc. (hereinafter referred to as the “Basic Policy”) under the Act on Promotion of Procurement of Eco-Friendly Goods and Services by the State and Other Entities (hereinafter referred to as the “Act on Promoting Green Procurement”). Following on from FY2018, in FY2019, the government is required to hold discussions on addition to and revision of the list of designated procurement items and enhancement of the criteria for designating such items. In this context, aiming to refer to public opinions prior to this revision, on April 25, 2019, the government will start a call for proposals for such items involving public works.

In the FY2019 revision, the government will continue to take into account current situations surrounding countermeasures against global warming, such as the Paris Agreement enforced in November 2016. Based on this stance, it will request that the public offer proactive proposals for addition to and revision (and other amendments) of the list of designated procurement items that are considered particularly important in contributing to curbing greenhouse gas emissions in achieving Japan’s mid- to long-term goals for reduction of such emissions.

Moreover, as global society has been facing the marine plastic waste issue, the Subcommittee on Resource Circulation Strategy for Plastics of the Working Group on Circulation Society under the Central Environment Council, the Ministry of the Environment (MOE), released a Report on Ideal Approaches to the Resource Circulation Strategy for Plastics and other documents. In light of this, the government will also request the public to offer proactive proposals for addition to and revision (and other amendments) of the list of designated procurement items that are considered to contribute to countermeasures against marine plastic waste and promotion of comprehensive resource-circulation of plastics.

1. Background to the call

  1. In May 2000, the Act on Promoting Green Procurement was promulgated, and in February 2001, the Cabinet approved the Basic Policy in which designated procurement items, criteria for designating such items and other elements are stipulated.
  2. Under the Act, the government is required to revise, if necessary, the list of such items and the criteria in accordance with current situations involving development and dissemination of such items, enhancement of scientific knowledge and other circumstances. Following on from FY2017, in FY2018, the government held a call for proposals for such items, held discussions while referring to received proposals, and changed the Basic Policy by adding one new item and revising the criteria for 24 items, out of which the criteria for three items involving public works were revised. In response, in February 2019, the Cabinet approved the revised Basic Policy.
  3. The government and other organizations have been preparing a Policy for Promoting the Procurement of Eco-Friendly Goods, etc. (hereinafter referred to as the “Procurement Policy”) every fiscal year in accordance with the Basic Policy and have been promoting procurement of eco-friendly goods and other items under the policy.
  4. Following on from FY2018, in FY2019, the government is required to hold discussions on addition of new items to the list of designated procurement items, enhancement of the criteria and revision of the list and the criteria so as to further promote procurement of eco-friendly goods and other items. In this context, aiming to refer to public opinions prior to this revision, on April 25, 2019, it will start a call for proposals for designated procurement items involving public works. Accordingly, the government hereby releases the application guide for submitting proposals for items involving public works.
  5. Aiming to promote development and dissemination of eco-friendly goods, the government will hold discussions on procurement items to be designated in light of the current trends in development of such items even if target items or criteria are expected to be listed as “designated procurement items” or determined as “criteria for designating procurement items” within a few years or even if “target items are expected to be commercialized within a few years.” Accordingly, the government will accept proposals for such items or criteria.
  6. In particular, the government will request the public to offer proactive proposals for Item 2 (1) or (2) below concerning designated procurement items particularly considered to contribute to curbing greenhouse gas emissions and resource circulation of plastics.

2. Target proposals of the call

  1. Proposals for addition of new items to the list of designated procurement items, criteria for designating such items, and other elements
  2. Proposals for enhancement of the current criteria for designating procurement items, revision of such criteria and other elements in accordance with technical development, enhancement of scientific knowledge and other circumstances

Note: Targets of the call are items involving public works. Announcement of the call for proposals for items involving goods and services, except public works, will be publicized in a separate press release titled “Call for Proposals for Designated Procurement Items under the Act on Promoting Green Procurement (Goods and Services).”

3. How to submit a proposal

  1. Application form for a proposal
    If you wish to submit a proposal, download an application form for the proposal (see the Appendix).
  2. Closing date of submission
    Submit your proposal by postal mail or bring the proposal directly to the submission counter (see below) before the closing date of May 30 (Thur.), 2019.

    Note: If you submit a proposal by postal mail, the proposal must be postmarked by the closing date of May 30 (Thur.), 2019.
  3. Submission counter
    Office for Product Measures and Green Contracts Promotion, Environment and Economy Division, Minister’s Secretariat, MOE
    Address: 25th floor, Central Government Building No. 5; 1-2-2 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo (zip code: 100-8975)
    Telephone: 03-5521-8229 (direct line)
  4. Details of the call, how to apply therefor and other information
    For details of the call, how to apply therefor and other information, see the Appendices below.

4. Results of discussions on designated procurement items referring to received proposals

The government will hold discussions on designated procurement items while referring to the proposals received from the public and will send the discussion results to those making proposals. In addition, if the government decides to add a proposed item to the list of procurement items that the government will continue to discuss called the “Long List,” the MOE, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will release the proposed item on their websites after obtaining prior consent from the offerer of the item.

5. Details of the Act on Promoting Green Procurement

For general information on the Act on Promoting Green Procurement, visit the MOE and MLIT websites below for your reference.

Appendices (in Japanese):

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