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Cost and EU Public Procurement Law

Life-Cycle Costing for Sustainability, 1st Edition

Edited by Marta Andhov, Roberto Caranta, Anja Wiesbrock


208 pages

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Public institutions, companies and governments in the EU and around the world are increasingly engaging in sustainable public procurement – a broad concept that must consider the three pillars of economic equality, social welfare and public health, and environmental responsibility when designing public tenders and finalizing government contracts.

This book contributes to the development of life-cycle criteria tools and methodologies for public procurement in the EU. It collects both sector-crossing contributions analysing the most relevant theoretical and legal aspects, including both EU law and contract theory, and sector specific contributions relating to some of the most important sustainable goods and services markets. The book starts with a chapter that discusses the different approaches to including sustainability considerations in buying decisions by both private and public purchasers, and then goes on to examine the EU law on LCC and how it is implemented in different member states. These chapters address the challenges in balancing economic and sustainability objectives under EU internal market law. One chapter develops the analysis with specific reference to public-private partnership. Another chapter elaborates how multi-stakeholders’ cooperation is necessary to develop LCC, based on a case study of a lighting services procurement. Three sector specific studies relating to social housing, textile and clothing and IT close the book. A conclusion by the editors assesses the progress so far and what developments are still necessary to allow a strong uptake of LCC by public purchasers.

With contributors from a range of backgrounds including law, business, management, engineering and policy development, this interdisciplinary book provides the first comprehensive study on LCC within the framework of EU public procurement law.

Table of Contents






List of Contributors

List of Abbreviations



I. Editor’s Note

II. Book Structure and Outline




  1. What Is Life-Cycle Costing?
  2. Jason J. Czarnezki and Steven Van Garsse

  3. The European Union Law of Life-Cycle Costing
  4. Marta Andhov, Roberto Caranta and Anja Wiesbrock

  5. Life-Cycle Costing in the Member States: Does the Tool Meet its Goals?
  6. Raquel Carvallo

  7. Life-Cycle Thinking and Public-Private Partnerships
  8. Steven Van Garsse




  9. Moving to a Quintuple Helix Approach in SPP: Collaboration and LCC for Lighting Procurements
  10. Rodrigo Lozano, Sigrid Peterssen, Anette Jonsall, Camilla Niss, Björn Bergström


  11. LCC Criteria for Procurement of ICT Products and Services: the Need for Taking a Flexible Approach
  12. Raluca Suciu and Dacian Dragos


  13. The Role of Eco-labels in Creation of Life-Cycle Criteria: the Case of Textile and Clothing Products
  14. Malgorzata Koszewska


  15. Life-Cycle Costing Within the Construction Sector: a Tool for Social Housing?

Deidre Halloran

About the Editors

Marta Andhov is an Assistant Professor in public procurement at Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Roberto Caranta is full professor with the Law Department of the University of Turin, Italy.

Anja Wiesbrock is a Senior Advisor at the Research Council of Norway.

About the Series

Routledge Research in International Economic Law

The growing integration of the world economy and resulting increases in cross-border economic exchanges has been accompanied by the rapid growth of law and regulation governing these interactions. This series presents cutting-edge research in international economic law, offering fresh perspectives on what is a fast developing field.

The series surveys the key areas of international economic law: international trade law; international investment law; international financial regulation and monetary law; and related aspects of intellectual property law. Linkages with other international legal regimes are explored such as environmental law, human rights, and public health, highlighting areas where tensions may occur between economic liberalisation, sovereignty and other concerns. Books will investigate the theory, policy and practice of international economic law from a broad range of approaches allowing for innovative and scholarly assessments of the international economic legal order.

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