16th October 2013
Energy-efficient procurement with Buy Smart+
The Buy Smart+ Green Procurement in Europe project has the objective to increase the share of energy efficient procurement in Europe. To this end, the 18 European project partners offer advice and tools to procurers in private companies and public authorities.
Buy Smart+ looks at both green procurement in general and specific issues for different product groups: building components, green electricity, household appliances, lighting, office equipment and vehicles. A tool for calculating the life cycle cost provides the opportunity to identify synergies between environmental and economic benefits. Besides advice to procurement offices, public relations, evaluation of experiences and policy recommendations are part of the project.
As part of Buy Smart+ Green Procurement in Europe helpdesks have been established in 15 countries. These offer consultations, training, good practice and well-tested tools in the national language. This also includes technical guidelines on various product groups, life cycle cost calculators and training material.
A wider up-take of green procurement is promoted by consulting and training purchasers directly. Pilot projects build a critical mass of successful green procurement case studies. These success stories are communicated broadly.
Buy Smart+ is coordinated by Berlin Energy Agency (Germany) and is co-funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe programme of the European Commission. It will run until September 2014.
For more information visit www.buy-smart.info or contact:
T: +49 (0) 30 29 33 30 - 63
T: +49 (0) 30 29 33 30 - 603
12th September 2013
Measuring the impact of low-carbon tenders
GPP 2020 aims to achieve substantial reductions in CO₂ emissions by implementing low-carbon tenders. To quantify the impact of these tenders, energy and CO₂ savings are calculated for each of these.
The savings are calculated by comparing emissions of ‘standard’ and previous tenders with those of the low-carbon tenders. While the methodology does not claim to represent the exact real-life savings, it offers an approximate estimation that serves to demonstrate the impact that can be achieved by including low-carbon criteria in public procurement.
GPP 2020 low-carbon tenders need to take potential energy and CO₂ reductions into consideration straight from the beginning of the development of the tender. An initial calculation informs decision makers and procurers of the savings that can be achieved. Once the tender is awarded, all GPP 2020 low-carbon tenders are monitored and their impact is assessed by calculating the amount of energy and CO₂ savings the tender achieved. For legal reasons, the methodology cannot be applied during the award phase.
The exact methodology differs between different types of products, services and works and takes account of the specific country context. The methodology is currently being refined and more details will be published on the website once available.
11th September 2013
Shifting focus to the cause of IT energy usage
Great strides have been made to increase the energy efficiency of hardware, data center facilities, and network infrastructure. These Green IT initiatives aim to reduce energy-loss in
the supply chain from energy grid to computing devices. However, the demand for computation comes from software applications that perform business services. Therefore, to measure and improve efficiency for entire systems, energy-efficiency indicators are needed at the level of services.
Therefore, a consortium funded by NL Agency has designed an initial set of indicators for energy efficiency of e-services and has tested them on two e-government services of the Dutch national government. Energy indicators provide insight, and as a result, activities to lower the energy footprint can be quantified and evaluated. A side effect of working with these indicators is that it has already resulted in quick wins and indications for more structural improvements. This offers possibilities to save on hardware as well.
Example of service which varies its use of energy with its transaction level (blue line) and a service which does not (red line).
Due to this success more parties - public as well as commercial - have started to create energy footprints for their services. In the end this will provide benchmarks and will give procurers the possibility to ask for energy improvements of their services - saving tax payers money and the environment.
For more information, read the paper “Energy-efficiency indicators for e-Services” [pdf] or contact Joris Gresnigt, CSR Officer at Logius (Dutch government digital service) or the Software Improvement Group, energy-footprint(at)sig.eu.
10th September 2013
Dutch Green Deal raises ambitions for sustainable infrastructure
The Netherlands want to step up their sustainable innovation, energy savings and accomplish more with a lower budget in the railway and civil engineering sector. These are some of the goals set out in the Green Deal Grond-Weg-Waterbouw, which was signed by the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Department of Public Works and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat), the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Ministry of Defence, ProRail and 17 other parties this summer.
At the core of the Green Deal is the a working method called Aanpak Duurzaam GWW (Sustainability Approach for Civil Engineering). It offers room for sustainable innovation and ensures that matters such as energy savings, quality of life and scarcity of resources are incorporated at the earliest possible stage in project planning. Aanpak Duurzaam GWW offers resources and tools such as an ambition web or CO2 performance ladder that help to formulate and achieve ambitious sustainability targets. It is a joint initiative of principals, contractors and professional associations.
State Secretary Mansveld (Infrastructure and the Environment) said, “In this way, the chances for sustainable procurement are better utilised. I also challenge governments and companies to follow the example which is set by Green Deal, to come up with similar initiatives.”
By exploiting the opportunities each project offers, the Green Deal will help to harness maximum sustainability benefits. This could involve reduced maintenance, improved quality of life, safer solutions, energy savings, reduced CO₂ emissions, and more. It facilitates to weigh the pros and cons with regards to People, Planet and Profit. The broad range of partners in the Green Deal is expected to ensure contributions from all parties within their roles in projects and thereby accelerate a transition in the sector towards more sustainability. The Green Deal partners will also share their lessons learned mutually.
Currently, the biggest market players have signed up to the Green Deal and new registrations continue to come in. A second sign-up round will therefore take place this autumn.
More information: Green Deal (in Dutch)
9th September 2013
Meet the team
Hello and a warm welcome from the GPP 2020 project team to our new website! We are looking forward to the work ahead and are keen to give low-carbon procurement in Europe a good push! In the course of the project we will be implementing over 100 low-carbon tenders, organise training and networking events and build up GPP support structures in eight European countries.
The GPP 2020 consortium consists of 19 major purchasers and support bodies from Austria, Croatia, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain. The project is coordinated by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and supported by a procurement expert body from Sweden. For more details about the organisations involved, have a look at the partners section.
In addition, a number of purchasing organisations and procurement training providers have joined GPP 2020 as associate partners. Associate purchasing organisations commit to implementing low-carbon tenders for which they can benefit from free assistance from the GPP 2020 consortium. Associate procurement training providers can gain visibility by carrying out capacity building activities on low-carbon procurement, for instance by giving trainings. If you would like to explore opportunities to join as associate partner, please contact us.