IGPN - International Green Purchasing Network

Global Activities

MSS - Swedish Environmental Management Council

URL : http://www.msr.se/en/


Organization Information

Contact information:

Mr. Peter Nohrstedt Tel: +46 8 700-6600, Fax: +46 8 700-6699

Location: Vasagatan 15-17, SE-111 20 Stockholm, Sweden
Number of members: n/a
Number of Non-members: n/a
Organizational Structure:

Executive Board: 9 persons; Number of employees: 5 persons

Region: Europe (EKU) and All (EPD)
Sources of funding:

Our green purchasing activities are financed by the Swedish State
(State/Local Body); Membership fees through EMAS and EPD activities

Type of Organization: National Organization
SEMCO is a stock-holding company jointly owned by the Swedish State,
The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions
and the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise.
WWW pages: http://www.msr.se/en/ (Ecologically Sustainable Procurement)
http://www.environmarket.com/emas/ (Eco Management and Audit Scheme)
(Environmental Product Declaration)
Year established: 1995



Checklist/Guidelines and Specifications/Criteria: 11 EKU product categories containing suggested procurement criteria for professional use.  
Also, criteria for product categories: 42 in Swedish,
9 in English; Service categories: 5 in Swedish, 2 in English.
Education Materials/Tools

The program targets groups in the public and private sector

Environmental Label (ISO),
Other (Energy Star, etc.):
EPD and Type III LCA-based declarations.
Events: Often participates in workshops and conferences.
General Guidelines or Principles
for Green Purchasing
(which apply to overall activities):
Follows the European Commission proposal for the 6th Action Programme,
which identifies the importance of green purchasing,
and ISO/TR 14025 and guidelines from the international EPD network GEDnet for EPD.
Good Practices/
Case Studies for Purchasing:
Market Research
and Awareness Surveys:
Newsletter: A quarterly newsletter with over 150 subscribers,
published in Swedish
Product List/Database: Product Category Rules (PCR) database covering
approximately 70 product categories for EPD.
Program Name/Main Activity: Ecologically Sustainable Procurement (EKU)
and Environmental Product Declarations (EPD)
Related Laws/Regulations,
(i.e. “Green Purchasing Law”):
European Directive 2004/18/EC 31 March 2004
on the coordination of procedures for the award of public works contracts,
public supply contracts and public service contracts.
Suppliers List/Database: Listed in internet-based and open PCR & EPD databases.
Training Course/
Tools (market related):
Private and public sector training materials in both Swedish and English.



Concerning social aspects:

Social aspects are not considered in SEMCO’s purchasing program.

Evaluation Method:
Uses LCA-based, quantified information
for environmental performance for products and services.
Publications: Requirements for environmental product declarations, EPD (MSR 1992)
and Managing Environmental Purchasing and Procurement (in Swedish).

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