Rebel supported the Unie van Waterschappen – the association of the 21 Dutch water boards – in defining a sustainable commissioning strategy.
Every year, water boards spend about €2 billion on contracts. Incorporating sustainability into these commissions can have a huge impact on challenges such as the energy transition and circular economy.
The Sustainable Commissioning for Water Boards strategy is aimed at translating the water boards’ sector-wide ambitions to the market. The Unie van Waterschappen brought Rebel in when the drafting of the strategy was already well underway, because the authors needed a fresh, critical perspective. Rebel’s Sustainable Commissioning experts took a pragmatic approach to this review, enabling the authors to polish the piece as much as possible in the limited time remaining.
After completing the review, the same consultants helped the association to incorporate comments and prepare the document.
‘Public procurement is a huge driver for innovation and sustainability in government-dominated markets, such as groundwork, road construction and hydraulic engineering. With this strategy, the water boards are positioning themselves as leaders in this field.’ – Gerben Hofmeijer