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.
The Commission’s GPP Helpdesk organised a webinar on 9 June on Life Cycle Costing (LCC) tools for public procurement. In order to increase the use of LCC approaches in public procurement, the European Commission is developing a calculation tool for public authorities that aims to facilitate the application of common LCC methods for purchasing certain products. The tool will be available during the second half of 2016. The webinar served to obtain feedback on the concept behind the LCC calculation tool so to ensure that the final tool meets the expectations of its potential users. The experiences from the developers of similar tools on LCC were also presented and debated during the webinar. Agenda and presentations are available here.