List of Procurement Items Involving Public Works that the Government will Continue to Discuss (Long List) under the Act on Promoting Green Procurement Compiled
April 25, 2019
Joint Press Release with the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
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 under the Act on Promotion of Procurement of Eco-Friendly Goods and Services by the State and Other Entities (commonly called the “Act on Promoting Green Procurement”). In FY2018, the government held discussions on addition to and revision of the list of the designated procurement items and the criteria for designating such items in the field of public works by taking into consideration the proposals received from the public, and changed the list and criteria. In this process, it selected one proposal from those that the government did not reflect in the revised list and included the proposal in the list of procurement items involving public works that the government will continue to discuss, which is called the “Long List” and is the result of excluding proposals for which the government could not obtain prior consent from the offerers. The government hereby releases the Long List.
- In May 2000, the Act on Promoting Green Procurement was promulgated and in February 2001, the Cabinet approved the Basic Policy on the Promotion of the Procurement of Eco-Friendly Goods, etc. (hereinafter referred to as the “Basic Policy”) in which designated procurement items, criteria for designating such items and other elements are stipulated.
- Under the Act, the government is required to revise, if necessary, the list of designated procurement items and the criteria for designating such items in accordance with current situations involving development and dissemination of such items, enhancement of scientific knowledge and other circumstances. In FY2018, the government held discussions on the list and, as a result, in February 2019, partially changed the Basic Policy. Concerning items involving public works, it revised the criteria for designating three items.
- Prior to adding new items involving public works to the list of designated procurement items or revising the list, the government calls for proposals from the public by category of materials, construction machinery, construction methods and objectives. Following this, it holds discussions mainly on whether or not received proposals would be effective for reducing environmental burden and determines addition to or revision of the list based on the proposed items. However, out of the rest of the proposals not included in the list, the government also selects those that it should continue to discuss for future addition to or revision of the list and includes them in another list called the “Long List.”
- The proposals included in the Long List are classified into four groups: E, Q, S and C, according to the subject of the proposals. Following on from FY2018, in FY2019, the government will continue to discuss these proposals in the Long List after receiving additional, necessary information on proposed items from the offerer.
|E||- Items for which continuous discussions are considered necessary to determine whether or not the expected effects for reducing environmental burden are sufficient|
|Q||- Items whose quality is still considered uncertain, such as non-conformity to JIS, JAS and other official standards|
|S||- Items for which continuous discussions are considered necessary to determine whether or not popularization of the items can be achieved by designating them as designated procurement items|
|C||- Items whose costs are considered higher than those of items for comparison
- Items for which it is considered necessary to confirm whether or not their costs are expected to be of the same level as those of items for comparison if they are popularized
- Target structures, including buildings, involving pubic works are directly related to life and the daily lives of citizens and their long-term safety, and their functions should be secured. Accordingly, the government should verify and assess use of materials or the like under conditions equivalent to practical conditions and should keep in mind securing the quality and performance of target structures. Moreover, concerning costs of public works, it should also keep in mind industrial efforts for reducing them. To this end, the government has been holding long-term discussions on proposed procurement items and criteria for designating such items involving public works by including such designated items in the Long List to see achievements in utilization and other areas of such items.
- In the FY2018 process of discussing addition to and revision of the list of designated procurement items, the government selected one proposal and included it in the Long List, for which prior consent for publication has been obtained from the offerer.
- The selected proposal has been publicized on the websites below as a reference for the public who intend to submit a proposal for calls in following fiscal years. The publicized Long List shows the details of the proposal by category of: collective name of item, name of proposed item, outline of proposed item and results of discussions. The name of proposed item and the outline of proposed item are excerpts from the proposal material submitted by the offerer.
Division in Charge
- Environment and Economy Division, Minister’s Secretariat, MOE
- Engineering Affairs Division, Minister’s Secretariat, MLIT
- Environmental Policy Division, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau, METI