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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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9 June 2015
Webinar on Life-cycle costing (LCC) in public procurement
On 9 June 14:30 - 16:00 (CEST, GMT+1), the GPP Helpdesk of the Commission is organising a webinar on Life-cycle costing (LCC) tools. In order to widen the use of life-cycle costing approach in public procurement, the European Commission is currently developing a calculation tool addressed to public authorities which could facilitate the application of common LCC methods in the purchase of specific product categories. Results are expected for the second part of 2016. The purpose of this webinar is to obtain feedback on the concept of the LCC calculation tool in order to ensure that the final tool will meet the expectations of the potential users. The experiences from the developers of similar tools on LCC will also be shared during the webinar. See agenda.