29th September 2014

Lleida joins forces with GPP 2020

The Economic Development Agency of the Province of Lleida (PROMECO) in Catalunya joined GPP 2020 as Associate Partner. Lleida is looking into offering further support to municipalities in the province, enabling them to issue low carbon tenders in the future. Together with GPP 2020 National Support Partner Ecoinstitut Barcelona a workshop on this is envisaged.

For more information about PROMECO, please see here (in Catalan).

22nd September 2014

GPP 2020 experience shared at market lounge at EcoProcura Ghent

Visit our market lounge table no. 31 on 25th September at EcoProcura conference! GPP 2020 aims to mainstream low-carbon procurement across Europe in support of the EU’s goals to achieve reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. To this end, GPP 2020 implements more than 100 low-carbon tenders.

Learn how public authorities can benefit from GPP 2020 experience in terms of monitoring and calculating energy and CO2 savings, applying GPP criteria and boosting capacities on GPP across Europe.

18th September 2014

Dishwashers, TVs and washing machines tender saves 20% CO2

The Austrian Federal Procurement Agency moved from A to A++ white and brown goods in their recent framework contract available for all Austrian municipalities. Making use of comprehensive market consultation, the tendering process showed that low-carbon procurement works in practice and achieves tangible results in terms of energy and cost savings. Read the full case in GPP 2020's tender model database.

16th September 2014

Lazio Region moves towards low-carbon procurement

GPP 2020 receives strong support in mainstreaming low-carbon procurement across Europe: we welcome Lazio Region as Associate Partner aiming to tender for green and low-carbon products and services and hosting events within the framework of the GPP 2020 project. Lazio Region is the third most populated region and has the second largest economy of Italy. Read more about the GPP agenda here (in Italian).

12th September 2014

Measuring savings - new beta version of street lighting calculator released

GPP 2020 provides public authorities across Europe with tailored methodologies how to calculate energy and CO2 savings to show how GPP contributes to achieving the 2020 goals of the EU.

Procurers looking into street lighting solutions can now use the beta version of the GPP 2020 street lighting calculator that is based on work done of the former Swedish Environment Management Council (SEMCo). You can read more about the GPP 2020 methodology and download the calculator here.

9th September 2014

Supporting mainstreaming of GPP in your region

Market analysis services in Italy, a new helpdesk tailored for local governments in the Netherlands or taking part in the Catalan GPP network - GPP 2020 offers selected support activities also for non-partners. Take a look at the national support activities in your country here.

3rd September 2014

GPP 2020 webinar on Systems Engineering and Functional Specifications

Systems Engineering (SE) is an interdisciplinary approach and enables the realization of complex systems. meeting user needs. SE focuses on defining customer needs and required functionality early in the development cycle. SE documents requirements and facilitates design synthesis and system validation while considering among other operations, cost and performance – all embedded into Green Public Procurement.

In this GPP 2020 webinar Ron Beem from RWS will address some principles of SE in GPP, like user requirements, design and procurement set up. For more information on SE see www.leidraadse.nl/welcome.

GPP 2020 webinar on Systems Engineering and Functional Specifications – 18 September 2014, 10.00 (CET) – register by latest 17 September 2014 by writing to ronald.vermeeren(at)rvo.nl.

15th August 2014

Register now for a GPP 2020 procurement training with CILMA and Girona

The GPP 2020 associate partner Council of Local Environmental Initiatives of the Region of Girona (CILMA) and the Diputació de Girona are cooperation with GPP 2020 in offering a 1 day training on green tendering and contracting.

The training is taking place 25 September 2014 in the Casa del la Cultura in Girona. Based on the GPP 2020 training material the training will offer tailor made support for procurers and public servants from Girona and other CILMA members in implementing green and low carbon procurement. A maximum of 20 participants ensures an interactive and productive atmosphere.

Registration is open until 15 September.

4th August 2014

GPP 2020 welcomes new associate partner CILMA from Catalunya

The Council of Local Environmental Initiatives of the Region of Girona (CILMA) joined GPP 2020 as associate partner. They will host one GPP 2020 event and will further support the regional capacity building programme of the project.

Purchasing organisations and procurement training providers can get involved in GPP 2020 by becoming 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.

For more information about becoming an associate partner visit: www.gpp2020.eu/about-gpp-2020/associate-partners/

15th July 2014

GPP 2020 monitoring report published

GPP 2020 published its first monitoring report that provides information on the uptake of the project.

The report includes facts, figures and results of the low-carbon tenders, the training seminars and the support activities aiming to establish permanent sup­port structures on low-carbon procurement across Europe. It is available for download here.

10th July 2014

Ljubljana announced as European Green Capital 2016

Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia, has been selected as European Green Capital for 2016. The city received particular praise for its sustainability strategy, which follows an integrated approach to environmental management. This includes an Environmental Protection Programme, a Sustainable Mobility Plan, a Sustainable Energy Action Plan and an Electromobility Strategy. Ljubljana has also shown its commitment to sustainable and green procurement, which has been implemented for 70 percent of all city purchases. The Slovenian Ministry of Finance, supported by Umanotera, is a partner in the GPP 2020 project. The Ministry has saved a considerable amount of energy and CO2 through their GPP tenders.

The European Green Capital Award is an annual event that promotes and rewards the efforts of cities committed to improving the urban environment. Winning cities demonstrate a record of achieving high environmental standards and commit to ambitious goals for future progress in sustainable development.

For more information, click here.

3rd July 2014

Webinar recordings on market engagement, sounding and analysis

Listen into the recordings of the GPP 2020 webinars on market engagement, sounding and analysis featuring tips and tricks for effective and smart public procurement here.

3rd July 2014

New tender model on vehicles added to tender database

Generating 1,597 tons of CO2 and 696 tons of oil equivalent savings while meeting the real needs of public authorities in Catalonia: the tender for cars by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Catalan Government, including vehicles for renewal and replacement of the fleet of the Directorate General of Police, the Directorate General of Fire Prevention, Fire Fighting and Rescue Services, the Directorate General of Civil Protection and the General Secretary's Office of the Ministry.

26th June 2014

New procurement guide helps public authorities unlock the benefits of innovation

To reduce the existing knowledge gap on public procurement of innovation (PPI), the EU-funded Public Procurement of Innovation Platform project has launched a comprehensive guide. The guide, which is available online and in print, offers explanations of procedures, definitions and answers to common questions, a selection of case studies, and useful resources for further reading. Particular emphasis is placed on the latest EU procurement directives, as well as ways in which procurement procedures can facilitate greater innovation.

“In a time of decreasing public budgets, innovation can facilitate the delivery of vital infrastructure and services. It is of the utmost importance, therefore, that public procurers can effectively engage in PPI. This guide will empower procurers to create a more efficient, sustainable and modern Europe.” said Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission. The total value of public procurement in the EU is estimated at €2 trillion per year – or about 19 percent of European GDP.

The document will be of interest to procurers, policy makers, consultants, private companies and others who have a stake in successful PPI. "Europe has an enormous and overlooked opportunity to spur innovation using procurement. Moreover, public procurement of innovative products and services are vital for improving the quality and efficiency of public services at a time of budget constraints. Through this guide, public procurers will be equipped with the necessary knowledge to effectively engage in PPI.” said Mark Hidson, Deputy Regional Director of ICLEI Europe, and coordinator of the PPI Platform project.

To view the guide, click here.

13th June 2014

Opportunities and strategies of low carbon public procurement in Genova

The first training course for public procurers organized by Ecosistemi in Italy was held in Genova between 21 and 22 March and was hosted by the Region of Liguria.

The training held by Livia Mazzà (first day) and Dana Vocino (second day) was attended by 30 persons.
The introductory session has been dedicated to deepening the strategic role of green public procurement in the European policies, highlighting the recent normative developments and the trends of the sector. In addition, the GPP dissemination and promotion actions in Liguria and the GPP initiatives implemented by the regional administration (through the Regional Procurement Agency) in the sectors of paper, stationery and IT products have been presented, thanks to the interventions of the representatives of the Region of Liguria (Gaetano Schena, Nadia Galluzzo and Enrico Clementi). Linda Fabianelli from the Regional Energy Agency presented the European project PRIMES with which GPP2020 can establish important synergies in the phases of support to the implementation and dissemination of low carbon tenders. The second morning session was dedicated to the planning strategies of low carbon acquisitions. An interactive simulation exercise has been proposed in order to enable the participants to focus the organization needs and priorities. The second part of the day was dedicated to the analysis of tenders with environmental criteria, the participants being divided in three working groups.

The second day has been entirely dedicated to the theme of low carbon procurement in the construction sector. An update concerning the development of the minimum environmental criteria from the GPP National Action Plan has been presented to the participants and they shared experiences and comments. Additionally, the participants have been informed on key technical references such as pricing, LCA software, examples of green tenders.

Check the training page to find out more about upcoming GPP 2020 trainings in your region.

9th July 2014

Webinar on procurement of low-carbon ICT

GPP 2020 invites you to join our webinar on procurement of low-carbon information and communication technologies (ICT). It will take place on Wednesday, 9 July 2014,14:00 – 15:30 European Summer Time (Berlin, GMT+02:00).

Agenda:

1.   Purchase of thin client computer systems, connected services and other IT equipment, Dr. Joerg Kretzer, Procurement Agency of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Germany

2.   Q&A

3.   EU GPP Revised Criteria Proposals (1st draft) of Office IT Equipment, Nicholas Dodd, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), Seville

4.   Q&A

Please register at the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1COKUJmzaKs87q6qjJ74yBMkcVTf2zrRaSt50E3sPRQM/viewform?usp=send_form

 

 

6th June 2014

Preparations for GPP 2020 trainings in Croatia

Hosted by UNDP Croatia and delivered by ICLEI, the first train the trainer seminar took place on 3 June 2014 addressed at staff working for procurement departments, professional academies, public training institutions, universities and consultants specialised in the field of providing training on public procurement. The event set common grounds for the GPP 2020 training series offering a rich space for discussion, exchange and testing of training methods related to low carbon procurement training seminars.

Participants enjoyed the good learning atmosphere, saying that "it was excellent. I got useful tips how to improve training delivery efficiently.". Further upcoming training events are posted here.

4th June 2014

GPP Trainers for Slovenia

On 20 May 2014 Umanotera organised a train the trainer seminar in Ljubljana that aimed to build up capacities in Slovenia in order to drive low-carbon and green public procurement. The training was delivered by expert trainer Philipp Tepper from ICLEI.
The morning session of the seminar focused on how to prepare a training seminar discussing and testing out important elements such as prior engagement with the attendees. Furthermore, how to deliver the training was discussed in-depth and finally tips and tricks how to wrap up and evaluate the training were given.
The second part of the training was dedicated to practical work with the GPP 2020 training materials and the use of the real and fictive tender models in order to evaluate them and propose low-carbon solutions.
The 16 participants of the seminar were existing and potential GPP 2020 trainers for Slovenia and mainly came from the governmental bodies.

30th May 2014

Tender database featuring more ICT tender models

The GPP 2020 tender database is growing with recently added tender models from the Ministry of Finance, Slovenia on printers, multifunctional devices and notebooks.

Read more about energy and CO2 savings as well as on the procurement process carried out here.

2nd June 2014

GPP 2020 at Energy Week Croatia

As part of the Energy Week which takes place in countries throughout the European Union, UNDP Croatia and Zagreb Holding ltd. organised a round table (using an interactive format where moderator pointed questions to the members of the panel) dedicated to Green Public Procurement including results from the GPP 2020 project. The roundtable was attended by representatives of ministries, public companies, organisations dealing with standards and verification in savings, as well as the agencies that are responsible for the distribution of funds in projects of energy efficiency and environmental protection. The conclusions adopted at the round table will serve as the basis for guideline programs and plans in the green public procurement to the Republic of Croatia which will bring Croatia closer to the countries with a high percentage of green public procurement, and thereby encourage the Croatian economy to increase competitiveness at the international market.

Panel members included Mrs. Marica Japundžić (Ministry of Economy), Mr. Mirko Vuković (Croatian Standard Institute), Mrs. Branka Pavčević-Novak (Ministry of environment and nature protection), Mrs. Maja Rajčić (Environmental and energy efficiency fund), Mr. Marinko Bašurić (Osječko-baranjska County), Mr. Ivan Markus (Zagreb Holding ltd.), Mr.Tomislav Marjanović (Croatian Energy Association), Mrs.Valentina Turkalj (Central Procurement Office).

26th May 2014

New tender model: low-carbon motorway exit

GPP 2020 partner Rijkswaterstaat (Netherlands) tendered a low-carbon motorway exit. The tendering method aimed at reducing CO2 emissions was successfully applied in a tender for an infrastructural work worth 5,000,000 EUR. Bidders were encouraged to offer a lean design and to apply innovative materials and working methods. Tendering followed the open procedure in combination with the most economical advantageous tender (MEAT approach).

Each tender issued by one of the GPP 2020 partners is documented as a tender model using a case study format. These tender models are easily accessible through our searchable tender database.

30th April 2014

Low-Carbon Procurement Training Materials available in 8 languages

The GPP 2020 consortium, under the lead of Ecoinstitut, has developed training materials for the implementation of low carbon procurement for public procurers and for trainers who wish to act as multipliers. These training packages are available in all eight project languages (German, Dutch, Croatian, Slovenian, Spanish, Catalan and Italian) and are tailor-made for each country. They specifically relate to the political and administrative conditions and offer answers to frequent doubts and problems resulting from these.

The training materials is available online for free in pdf format. However if users wish to alter and individualise these materials they can write to info(at)gpp2020.eu to receive changeable versions of this material. More information about the terms of use of the training packages can be found on the here.



7th April 2014

City of Helsinki joins GPP 2020 as associate partner

The Procurement Centre of the City of Helsinki (Finland) joined GPP 2020 as associate partner. Helsinki will tender for IT equipment and related services in Autumn 2014, using a framework contract worth several million Euros, The City, that also chairs the Procura+ Sustainable Procurement Campaign, will host one GPP 2020 event and will make any outcomes relevant to low-carbon procurement available for other interested public authorities across Europe.

Purchasing organisations and procurement training providers can get involved in GPP 2020 by becoming 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.

For more information about becoming an associate partner visit: www.gpp2020.eu/about-gpp-2020/associate-partners/

6th March 2014

PCP training from ENIGMA project, 28 March, Brussels

The ENIGMA project aims to implement a joint transnational pre-commercial procurement (PCP) procedure in the field of public lighting. Coordinated by the city of Eindhoven, the project’s five partner municipalities (Eindhoven, Malmo, Stavanger, Espoo and Bassano del Grappa) are working together procuring an innovative solution, and testing the technologies that their commercial subcontractors develop in a real life environment.

This half day training session will include a presentation on the Legal framework of Pre-Commercial Procurement and will shed light on legal and IPR issues that may arise when running a pre-commercial procurement exercise. The session will give participants the opportunity to discuss how intellectual property rights are shared between the contracting authority and the businesses participating in a pre-commercial procurement, including where the legal responsibilities lie.

More information: www.enigma-project.eu/en/Events/Training-on-PCP-legal-and-IPR-issues/

3rd March 2014

Low carbon tender database launched and first case studies published

A core goal within the GPP 2020 project is to tender and contract low carbon products, works and services. Through these tenders CO2 eq emissions are reduced and a more energy efficient economy is encouraged. In order to achieve long term sustainability, the tenders need to be replicable for other local authorities interested in making their procurement greener. Therefore each tender issued by one of the GPP 2020 partners is documented as a tender model using a case study format. Furthermore, these tender models are easily accessible through our searchable tender database. With a tag cloud and an overview of the saved emissions, the tender database gives users an insight into how to set up smart tenders for more than 20 products, services or works covered within the GPP 2020 project.

Two tender models have been published so far: the German Federal Procurement Agency has purchased thin clients and the Catalan Government a fleet of vehicles. These case studies are now available in the tender database. Over the course of the project this will grow to over 100 cases. Keep your eyes open for more to come in the next weeks.

4th February 2014

Regione Liguria joins GPP 2020 as associate partner

As a GPP 2020 associate partner the region Liguria in Italy will explore the possibility of tendering energy-efficient lighting services, energy services and construction work as part of the regional Liguria GPPinfoNet. These tenders could contribute to GPP 2020’s overall carbon savings. Liguria will also try to host a GPP 2020 event and network with the project partners on a regular basis to exchange experiences and approaches as well as publish case studies on their GPP activities.

Purchasing organisations and procurement training providers can get involved in GPP 2020 by becoming 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.

For more information about becoming an associate partner visit: http://www.gpp2020.eu/about-gpp-2020/associate-partners/

22nd January 2014

London installs LED lighting and reduces carbon emissions

As part of its energy-efficient lighting programme Transport for London (TfL) has procured 35,000 LED street lights which will increase visibility and security of the road network. Such a complex lighting systems needs an efficient control mechanism. TfL has awarded a contract to Harvard Engineering to install a wireless monitoring and control system. This will further increase energy-efficiency as it allows individually controlling lighting levels and assuring the quick replacement of broken lights.

Together these measures will reduce future carbon emissions by 9,700 tonnes annually and save an average of £1.85m once the system is fully implemented in 2016. Energy consumption is expected to fall by 40% in comparison to current levels.

Dana Skelley, director of asset management at TfL, commented, “The performance and cost effectiveness of energy efficient lighting has improved considerably over the last few years. Our aim is to provide assets fit for the future and this programme to upgrade lighting on the capital’s busiest roads is a simple, yet hugely effective, way to not only reduce carbon emissions, but to also reduce costs, whilst providing better lighting of our road network.”

For more information visit: http://www.traffictechnologytoday.com/news.php?NewsID=55493


10th December 2013

Croatian procurers get ready for GPP

GPP 2020 held its first 'train the procurers' seminar in Croatia from 27 to 28 November 2013. The two-day seminar aimed to equip procurers with the knowledge and skills to procure low-carbon products, services and works.

The seminar focused on the legal and organisational framework for green tendering procedures in detail. Procurers also learned how to calculate life cycle costing (LCC) and CO₂ emissions.

Participants of the training will implement low-carbon tenders in ten categories, the CO₂ savings of which will be monitored in the scope of GPP 2020. The aim is to demonstrate the impact that including low-carbon criteria in public procurement can achieve.

These low-carbon tenders should serve as examples to other procurers, and collectively contribute to the EU’s target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase the share of renewable energy and increase energy efficiency.

Mrs. Sandra Vlašić, Environmental Programme Officer at UNDP, said, ‘Trainings of this kind are very helpful to public procurers because they have to follow legal procedures while taking into account technical requirements of the products and services with a low-carbon footprint.’

She added, ‘The GPP2020 project can contribute to low carbon development strategy in the Republic of Croatia. ‘

The training was organised in collaboration with the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and fifteen organisations that joined GPP 2020. The participants were public procurers from a number of organisations:

  • the Central Procurement Office,
  • the Croatian Energy Company (HEP d.d.),
  • Zagreb City Holding,
  • the Municipality of Tkon,
  • the Municipality of Bilje,
  • the Municipality of Medulin,
  • the Municipality of Bukovec Mali,
  • the Ministry of Environment and Nature Protection,
  • the Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund,
  • Primorsko-goranska County,
  • Osjecko-baranjska County,
  • Regional Energy Agency North,
  • the University of Split,
  • the Faculty of Naval architecture of the University of Rijeka,
  • the Croatian Standard Institute,
  • the NGO Jav.Na, and
  • the Association of Municipalities in the Republic of Croatia

 

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:

Vanessa Schmidt
T: +49 (0) 30 29 33 30 - 63
E: v.schmidt(at)berliner-e-agentur.de

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.

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