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GPP Training Toolkit (2008)

The toolkit is designed for use by public purchasers and by GPP trainers or for integration in general public procurement training courses and workshops. It consists of 3 independent modules:

1. A strategic module which seeks to raise the political support for GPP.

2. A legal module which seeks to clarify legal issues.

3. An operational module aimed at purchasing officers.

The introductory presentation 'Buying Green! Making a Difference through GPP' defines the concept of GPP, sets out the immense potential of GPP to improve environmental impacts of consumption and production patterns, and provides examples of GPP implementation in practice.

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Module 1: An action plan for GPP

The first module provides strategic and economic information on Green Public Procurement. The guidance sets out, robustly, a case as to why decision makers should set up a GPP strategy. It provides them with a simple yet effective methodology to develop an action plan for gradually introducing GPP within the organisation.

Because of its structure, this module can easily be adopted in a more general public procurement training course. It further clarifies and complements the guidance already provided by the Commission in its Handbook “Buying Green”.

 

Module 2: Legal module

The second module includes legal guidance, providing clear examples of how and where to integrate environmental criteria into the public procurement process while fully respecting European public procurement law (including Directives 2004/17/EC and 2004/18/EC – more information at: ec.europa.eu/internal_market/publicprocurement/index_en.htm).

The guidance follows the various stages of a public procurement process and explains how best to integrate environmental criteria at each stage:

  • 1. Definition of the subject matter
  • 2. Description of the minimum technical specifications which all bids need to comply with
  • 3. The selection criteria related to the capacity of bidders to perform the contract
  • 4. The award criteria on the basis of which the contracting authority will compare the offers
  • 5. The contract performance clauses to be included in the contract.

Because of its structure, this module can easily be adopted in a more general public procurement training course. It further clarifies and complements the guidance already provided by the Commission in its Handbook “Buying Green”.

 

Module 3: Practical module

The third module is specifically designed for purchasing officers. It includes concrete examples of environmental criteria which can be readily introduced in tender documents. Examples of criteria have been established for the priority product and service groups identified (due to their environmental impact and/or scope for environmental improvement and/or financial impact and/or political or example-setting function) as most suitable for “greening” under Green Public Procurement.

The criteria can be found here.