For this purpose, ask the suppliers to provide the equipment characteristics in terms of environmental impact during its life cycle, specifically:
List of raw materials employed in the production;
Content of hazardous substances and recyclable materials (prefer equipment with less or without hazardous substances and with higher content of recyclable materials);
Useful life time (if applicable);
Carbon Footprint of Product (CFP) during the production, lifetime and end-of-life life cycle stages of the equipment, calculated as carbon dioxide equivalents (prefer equipment with the lowest carbon footprint);
Energy consumption during use (prefer energy-efficient equipment and/or Energy Star certified equipment);
Technical assistance during its useful life and possibility of upgrade;
Possibility of repairing components and of acquiring replacement components during the useful lifetime of the equipment;
Offer of end-of-life take-back programs for subsequent Re-use/Recycling schemes (prefer equipment with end-of-life take-back programs).
When preparing tenders for equipment acquisition, don't forget to request the information detailed above, and consider the equipment environmental impact when defining the award criteria.
Green and circular purchasing of equipment
When buying equipment, choose the right size for your lab and prefer equipment with environmentally conscious features.
Procurement & Supplies Management