A Helpdesk service is available to disseminate information about GPP and to provide answers to stakeholders' enquiries. You can find more information here.
8 September 2014
Buying Green! now also available in Croatian
The popular Buying Green! guide is, since today, also available in Croatian. The Commission 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.
27 June 2014
New GPP criteria for the Health Care Sector
The Commission has published new EU GPP criteria for Electrical and Electronic Equipment used in the Health Care Sector, together with an accompanying Technical Background Report. The criteria have been developed by the Swedish Environmental Management Council SEMCo together with DG Environment, including extensive cooperation with a broad range of stakeholders from industry, NGOs, procurement and health care professionals and academia. These voluntary criteria include requirements for 20 product groups consisting of different types of energy-using equipment used in hospitals and medical cabinets such as MRI scanners, ultra-sound machines and disinfectors. Their main focus is on energy efficiency as it represents the biggest environmental impact with partially very significant saving potentials. The criteria, however, also look at other aspects, including training of staff and the management of chemicals. In the process, test methods (where not yet existing) have been developed to enable procurers to compare products' energy use. This allows the identification of the best tender according to economic and environmental requirements, while ensuring the safety and welfare of patients as well as that of medical staff, technicians and maintenance personnel.
2 July 2014
Do we really need this? The EU GPP Helpdesk’s most recent webinar looked at new ways of approaching procurement and strategies to change and / or reduce demand, in order to provide environmental and economic benefits to the public sector. Three presentations were given by GPP experts from Spain and the UK on different aspects of demand management, accompanied by a series of illustrative examples from around Europe. The webinar demonstrated that the planning phase of the procurement process i.e. the “defining need” stage, can be the key to sustainable public procurement. To access the presentations click here.
11 February 2014
New EU GPP Criteria for Imaging Equipment
The Commission has published new EU GPP Criteria for Imaging Equipment and an accompanying Technical Background Report. The criteria have been developed for voluntary use by all public authorities interested in improving the environmental and economic performance of the printers, copy machines and multi-functional devices they are using.
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.