GPP webinar on 26 November
Organising GPP Internally – how to get it right was the topic of the EU GPP Helpdesk’s second webinar of the year. It consisted of a series of presentations from GPP experts from around Europe looking at how GPP policies can be translated into effective initiatives and processes within different tiers of public authorities. It also provided examples of procedures which aid the implementation of GPP within an organisation on a daily basis. To access the presentations click here and to watch a recording of the event, including the question and answer session, click here.
GPP Good Practice Event at EU Open Days on 8 October
Good practice examples in GPP (from the cities of Vienna, Ghent and Koprivnica/Croatia) were showcased and discussed in a workshop on 8 October 2013 organised by DG Environment of the European Commission in the framework of the Open Days 2013 in Brussels.
New EU GPP Criteria on Sanitary Tapware
The Commission has published new EU GPP criteria for Sanitary Tapware (Taps and Showerheads), an area with a great potential for water and energy savings. The criteria have been developed for voluntary use by all public authorities interested in improving the environmental and economic performance of public buildings over their lifetime.
New EU GPP Criteria on Waste Water Infrastructure
Today, the Commission has published new EU GPP criteria for Waste Water Infrastructure, an area with specific relevance for cohesion policy. The criteria have been developed for voluntary use by all public authorities interested in improving the environmental benefits of these installations while focussing on reducing costs over the lifetime of these infrastructures.
Buying Green! is the Commission's main guidance document to help public authorities to buy goods and services with a lower environmental impact. It is also a reference for policy makers, and businesses responding to green tenders. Its updated second version is now available in 22 languages here.
New Good Practice Brochure published
Since January 2010, the European Commission has collected examples of GPP in practice to illustrate how European public authorities have successfully launched ‘green’ tenders, and provide guidance for others who wish to do the same. The new “GPP brochure of good practice examples” presents some of the most interesting case studies collected over the years. The brochure is intended to inspire public (and private) procurers to opt for green products and services when making their purchasing decisions.
Read the brochure here.
Europe's public authorities are major consumers. By using their purchasing power to choose environmentally friendly goods, services and works, they can make an important contribution to sustainable consumption and production – what we call Green Public Procurement, or GPP.
Although GPP is a voluntary instrument, it has a key role to play in the EU's efforts to become a more resource-efficient economy. It can help stimulate a critical mass of demand for more sustainable goods and services which otherwise would be difficult to get onto the market. GPP is therefore a strong stimulus for eco-innovation.
To be a success, GPP needs clear and verifiable environmental criteria for products and services. A number of European countries already have national criteria, and the challenge now, as GPP becomes more widespread, is to ensure that the criteria are compatible between Member States. A level playing field will boost the single market, ensuring that what is good for the EU is also good for the environment.