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GPP 2020 e-News | April 2015

Welcome to the fourth issue of the GPP 2020 bi-annual e-newsletter.

The GPP 2020 project used the last couple of months to add even more tender models to the database and of course increase carbon savings. We have already saved CO2 emissions equivalent to the annual consumption of more than 24,000 households! But first and foremost we want to reach out and connect with as many fellow minds as possible. So check out our upcoming networking event in Riga!
Below you can read about the latest developments in GPP 2020 and new publications to help make green public procurement energy efficient and climate friendly.

Feel free to forward this newsletter to interested colleagues and connect with us on twitter using #GPP2020.

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    1. Tender database: 15 new case studies published
    2. Updated low-carbon Procurement Training Materials
    3. New associate partners join GPP 2020
    4. GPP 2020 low-carbon procurement networking event in Riga
    5. GPP 2020 training offered remotely through Moodle
    6. Upcoming events
    7. Join us!

Tender database: 15 new case studies published 

A core goal in the GPP 2020 project is to tender and contract low carbon products, works and services. Through these tenders CO2 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. 15 new tenders have been published since the last newsletter with many more to come:

Our approach to low carbon tenders and to training and support activities are explained in our first annual monitoring report.

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Updated low-carbon Procurement Training Materials

The GPP 2020 consortium, led by Ecoinstitut, has updated the 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 local political and administrative conditions and offer answers to frequent doubts and problems which result from them.

The training materials are available online for free in pdf format. However if users wish to alter and individualise these materials they can write to info@gpp2020.eu for editable versions. More information about the terms of use of the training packages can be found on the website.

New associate partners join GPP 2020

Since our last newsletter four new associate partners have joined the GPP 2020 movement. The GPP 2020 project consortium will support them in their low carbon tendering and help them gain visibility. We welcome:


GPP 2020 already has 30 associate partners involved in project activities. Public purchasers and procurement training providers can become associate partners. 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, visit the associate partners page or contact us at info@gpp2020.eu.

GPP 2020 low-carbon procurement networking event in Riga

Public procurers are invited to take part in a one day seminar taking place 21 May in Riga (Lativa) that will offer insight into good practices, and see discussion on methods to overcome obstacles while driving low-carbon public purchases for supplies, works and services. The seminar will also showcase the results of two projects focused on green public procurement: PRIMES and GPP2020.

The aim of the workshop is to show how public procurement interventions can be used as a strategic tool to mitigate climate change; participants will be give information on how to best calculate carbon and energy savings, while support structures from across Europe will be presented. ICLEI Europe’s Philipp Tepper will lead the workshop, with speakers including Leendert van Geldermalsen of Rijkswaterstraat, The Netherlands, and Lidia Capparelli of CONSIP, Italy.

The event is organised by the Latvian Environmental Investment Fund and the GPP 2020 and PRIMES projects. Participation in the event is free of charge, but early registration is required to reserve your seat. Register online at bit.ly/gpp_riga - registration closes 7 May 2015.

For more information, visit the GPP2020 event website.

GPP 2020 training offered remotely through Moodle

GPP 2020 National Support Partner Ecoinstitut is offering a series of training seminars on green and low-carbon public procurement in decentralised locations across Catalonia aimed at procurers who have had less opportunity to learn first-hand about GPP.

Following a successful training for public administrations in the province of Girona last September, the next session will be held for administrations in Lleida on 10 February. As the province is large and contains many small municipalities, the province has been using an on-line learning platform to facilitate access to training courses for all civil servants. The GPP 2020 training will make the most of this e-learning opportunity, inviting civil servants to attend in person or virtually.

Thanks to a recent agreement between the province of Lleida and the province of Tarragona, civil servants from Tarragona will also be able to participate, increasing access to the training seminar even further.

For more information on training opportunities, visit the events and training page.

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Upcoming events

21 May 2015
Riga | Latvia
Low-Carbon Procurement in Practice

During this one day seminar participants will enter into expert exchange and take part in discussions looking for the solutions of today and tomorrow, jointly exploring how to best use public procurement interventions as a strategic tool to mitigate climate change. The event is brought to you by the Latvian Environmental Investment Fund, the GPP 2020 and PRIMES projects.

More information: www.gpp2020.eu/events-and-training/european-events/



11-12 November 2015
Barcelona | Spain
Procura+ and GPP 2020 seminar on low carbon procurement

The next Procura+ Seminar and participants meeting will explore strategies for mainstreaming low-carbon and innovation procurement in European public authorities. The seminar is kindly hosted by Procura+ founding participant Barcelona City Council, GPP 2020 associate partner Barcelona Metropolitan Area and long standing Procura+ participant Barcelona Provincial Council.

More information: www.sustainable-procurement.org/network-exchange/procura-seminars/


 

7-8 October 2015
Rome | Italy
CompraVerde - BuyGreen - International Forum on Green Purchasing

This year the Forum is dedicated to Italian companies that have distinguished themselves in implementing policies to decrease environmental impact and increase sustainable procurement. The MensaVerde Prize, the Rating and Sustainable Procurement Award and the Buy Green award will all be presented for varying categories.

More information: www.forumcompraverde.it/index.php/area-espositiva [in Italian]


 

You can find all upcoming GPP 2020 events in our events calendar!

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Join us!

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, visit the associate partners page or contact us at info@gpp2020.eu.