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Green Public Procurement

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.


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20 January 2015

heatersNew GPP criteria for Water-based Heaters available in all EU languages

In October 2014, the Commission published new EU GPP criteria for Water-based Heaters, together with an accompanying Technical Background Report. The criteria are partially replacing the EU GPP criteria for Combined Heat and Power, i.e. for cogenerations up to 50 kWe (micro-cogenerations) that provide useful heat to a water-based space heating system, the new Water-based Heater criteria should be used. The main aim of the criteria is to foster the purchase of highly energy efficient heaters with low air emissions (including greenhouse gases). High energy and cost savings can be achieved by using these criteria, depending on the technology and the size of the installations. For example, for boilers, the application of the EU GPP core criteria might bring about energy savings of approx. 40% (compared to a base case scenario) for the smaller size classes, and of 50% for the largest sizes. For heat pumps, these energy savings would be 45% and 55% respectively.

The criteria are now available in all EU languages.


21 November 2014

GPP in the Health Care Sector Webinar - Presentations now available

GPP in the Health Care Sector was the topic of the EU GPP Helpdesk’s most recent webinar. The webinar took place on December 2 and consisted of a series of presentations from GPP experts from across Europe. The webinar looked 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.

The webinar included presentations on:


8 October 2014

GPP criteria for Waste Water Infrastructure now available in all EU languages

Cohesion policy provides significant financial support to Member States and regions in order to invest in waste water treatment infrastructures. In the programming period 2007-13, about EUR 14.4 billion are planned to co-fund related projects while significant funding was already invested in this area in the previous programming period of cohesion policy. In order to increase the environmental benefits of these infrastructures, the Green Public Procurement criteria on waste water infrastructure have been developed with a specific focus on reducing the costs of these installations over their lifetime. These criteria could in particular, where relevant, help public authorities building or upgrading their waste water infrastructure in the 2014-2020 programming period through cohesion policy.

The EU GPP criteria for Waste Water Infrastructure, developed in 2013, by DG REGIO in cooperation with DG Environment, are now available in 23 languages here.


16 September 2014

New GPP criteria for the Health Care Sector available in all EU languages

In June 2014, 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.

The criteria are now available in all EU languages.


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. A fully revised second version has now been prepared, which includes sector specific GPP approaches for buildings, food and catering services, electricity and timber. A summary version has also been created. Both publications are available in 22 languages here.

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