NUI Galway recognises that there are environmental, ecological and health consequences associated with the purchasing, operation and disposal of products and services used throughout the University.

The University is committed to working with the relevant Government agencies to develop green procurement criteria that will be used where relevant when tendering for goods, services and works. 

At a local level

The NUI Galway Procurement Policy pledges to ‘incorporate the use of Green Procurement practices in our processes and procedures, in an effort to reduce our environmental impact in conjunction with CUSP’.

NUI Galway will seek to source goods, services and works with a reduced environmental impact.

At a national level

Green Procurement in Policy:

The Climate Action Plan 2019 requires every public body to have a climate mandate, a key element of that is using public procurement to deliver change.

Circular 20/2019, published by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, promotes the use of environmental and social considerations in public procurement and provides Government Departments with information and instructions for including green criteria across all their procurement processes.  

The Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy contains a series of measures to expand and strengthen the usage of Green Public Precurement in Ireland.

Green Procurement Guidance

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published Guidance on Green Procurement; a practical resource tool, designed to assist procurers to build green criteria into public tenders. It covers eight sectors: Road transport vehicles and services, energy, construction, food and catering services, cleaning products and services, textiles and uniforms, office IT equipment and paper