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Public Procurement for a Circular Economy (2017)

Published in October 2017, the brochure on Circular Procurement provides an introduction to the European policy framework and practical guidance to those involved in public procurement decisions. The guidance is complemented by good practice experiences from across Europe demonstrating how circular economy principles are being employed in public procurement.
The brochure is available in English, French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish.

Buying Green! Handbook (2016)

A fully revised third edition (2016) was published in April 2016, which is fully compliant with the possibilities for including GPP under the 2014 public procurement legal regime. It also includes sector specific recommendations for buildings, food and catering services, road transport vehicles and energy-using products (such as lighting and IT equipment).

Buying Green! is the European 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 companies responding to green tenders.

The third edition of the Handbook is available here.



Collection of Good Practices on GPP

Published in 2012, this publication is a selection of a number of examples of GPP in practice previously published by the European Commission. The publication presents some of the most interesting good practice cases published since 2010. It is intended to inspire public (and private) procurers to opt for green products and services when making their purchasing decisions. Read it by clicking here.


GPP at a glance

The "GPP at a glance" brochure provides a summary of what GPP is and why it matters. You can find it here.