In Indonesia, the context of ecolabeling within the building and construction sector has become increasingly relevant with the growing awareness of the importance of sustainable development. Ecolabeling is utilized to identify products or services that meet specific environmental standards, including energy efficiency, use of environmentally friendly materials, and overall environmental impact.

In the building and construction sector, ecolabels can help identify environmentally friendly building materials, such as recycled materials, waterproofing materials, and energy-efficient products. The use of ecolabels in construction allows decision-makers in both the public and private sectors to choose more sustainable and environmentally friendly options.

The linkage between ecolabeling and sustainable public procurement (SPP) is crucial. Sustainable public procurement aims to purchase goods and services that consider environmental, social, and economic aspects. By introducing sustainability criteria into the procurement process, governments can encourage the market to produce more environmentally friendly and sustainable products. Our proposal is relevant because it presents a holistic approach to increasing the use of ecolabels and supporting sustainable public procurement in the building and construction sector in Indonesia. By focusing on strengthening policies and legal frameworks, developing ambitious ecolabel criteria, and increasing awareness and stakeholder engagement, we aim to make a meaningful contribution to the transformation towards more sustainable development in Indonesia.

The general objective of our project is to promote the adoption of sustainable practices in the building and construction sector, with a focus on increasing the use of ecolabels and sustainable public procurement (SPP) to mitigate climate change, protect biodiversity, and conserve resources. By leveraging ecolabels as indicators of environmental performance and integrating sustainability criteria into public procurement processes, we aim to transform the way infrastructure is built and managed in the Aceh region of Indonesia.

Through this project, we envision several potential impacts in the building and construction sector:

  1. Increased Awareness and Capacity: We will raise awareness among stakeholders, including government agencies, contractors, architects, and developers, about the benefits of using ecolabels and adopting sustainable procurement practices. Capacity-building workshops and training sessions will empower these actors with the knowledge and skills needed to integrate sustainability considerations into their decision-making processes.
  2. Market Transformation: By promoting the use of ecolabels and sustainable procurement criteria, we seek to drive demand for environmentally friendly building materials and construction practices. This will incentivize suppliers to innovate and produce more sustainable products, leading to a shift towards a greener and more resilient construction industry.
  3. Environmental Conservation: Through the adoption of ecolabels and sustainable procurement, we aim to reduce the environmental footprint of construction activities, including carbon emissions, habitat destruction, and resource depletion. By prioritizing materials with lower environmental impacts and implementing waste reduction measures, we can contribute to the conservation of biodiversity and natural resources in the Aceh region.
  4. Community Empowerment: Our project will engage local communities in the decision-making process and empower them to participate in sustainable infrastructure development initiatives. By involving communities in project planning, implementation, and monitoring, we aim to ensure that infrastructure projects meet the needs of local populations while minimizing negative environmental and social impacts.

To achieve these objectives and impacts, we will collaborate closely with a range of stakeholders, including government agencies, local communities, academic institutions, industry associations, and international organizations. By forming partnerships with these actors, we can leverage their expertise, resources, and networks to maximize the effectiveness and sustainability of our project interventions. Together, we will work towards building a more sustainable and resilient construction sector in the Aceh region, contributing to the broader goal of achieving sustainable development and environmental conservation.
As part of our project, we aim to replicate the good practice of integrating ecolabels into sustainable public procurement (SPP) processes, as demonstrated by the European Union’s Green Public Procurement (GPP) initiative. The EU’s GPP program provides comprehensive guidance and resources to help public authorities integrate environmental considerations into their procurement processes, including the use of ecolabels as criteria for product selection. By replicating this practice, we can leverage the experience and expertise of the EU in promoting sustainable procurement practices and adapt it to the context of the Aceh region. This includes developing guidelines and training materials for public procurement entities, raising awareness among stakeholders about the benefits of using ecolabels, and facilitating the adoption of sustainable procurement criteria in tender processes. Through this replication, we aim to accelerate the uptake of ecolabels and sustainable procurement practices in the building and construction sector in Aceh, contributing to our broader objectives of climate mitigation, biodiversity conservation, and resource protection.