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Buying green handbook

Second Edition of Buying Green! Handbook Published

On 25th October 2011 the European Commission has published a fully revised version of Buying Green! – A Handbook on green public procurement

handbookThe handbook is a concrete tool to help public authorities to buy goods and services with a lower environmental impact. It is also a useful reference for policy makers and businesses responding to green tenders.

The second version of the Handbook includes:

  • Guidance on how environmental considerations can be included at each stage of the procurement process
  • Examples drawn from contracting authorities across EU Member States
  • Sector-specific GPP approaches for buildings, food and catering services, electricity and timber

At the same time a shortened version of the handbook - A summary -   has been prepared.

Both versions are available in PDF format:

The first edition from 2004 (in all official languages of the EU) is available in the archive.