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Buying green handbook

Third edition of Buying Green! Handbook published

handbookOn April 2016 the European Commission published a fully revised version of Buying Green! - A Handbook on green public procurement.

The Handbook is the European Commission's main guidance document to help public authorities buy goods and services with a lower environmental impact. It is also a useful reference for policy makers and companies responding to green tenders.

The third edition of the Handbook includes:

  • Guidance on how environmental considerations can be included at each stage of the procurement process in the current EU legal framework (adopted in 2014)
  • Practical examples drawn from contracting authorities across EU Member States
  • Sector specific GPP approaches for buildings, food and catering services, road transport vehicles and energy-using products.

Buying Green! Handbook (2016)


The first and second edition from 2004 and 2011 (in all official languages of the EU) are available in the archive.