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.


The sole responsibility for the content of this publication lies with the GPP 2020 project consortium. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Union. Neither the EACI nor the European Commission are responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.