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Buying green handbook

To support the introduction and use of GPP the European Commission published a handbook on environmental public procurement: Buying Green! – A Handbook on environmental public procurement

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Buying Green
This handbook

  • has been established by the European Commission services
  • explains in concrete terms how environmental considerations can be integrated into public procurement procedures
  • clarifies the legal possibilities, as introduced and/or clarified by the 2004 Procurement Directives (2004/18/EC and 2004/17/EC), of integrating environmental considerations in a tender’s technical specifications, selection and award criteria and contract performance clauses
  • takes into account jurisprudence of the Court of Justice in this area
  • includes concrete examples of environmental tendering by public authorities in Europe
  • is a strong promotional tool and primarily aimed at contracting authorities at all administrative levels
  • is of particular use to local authorities, which may lack good legal and environmental advice