Green Public Procurement (GPP)

Energy Label – New Regulations

Since March 2021, the EU has been implementing new regulations regarding energy labels. The new labelling requirements are progressively being rolled out to nine product categories, which have significant impacts for public procurers purchasing/leasing electric appliances. To assist public procurers with this transition, the EU-funded BELT project has just published a White Paper summarising key provisions of the new labelling system and providing recommendations to public procurers for complying with the regulations.

For more information please visit the link and read the pdf document:

https://sustainable-procurement.org/resource-centre/?c=search&uid=a68aa92f

PRESS RELEASE - Creating synergies between the National Competence Center for Innovation Procurement, which is the National Central Purchasing Body, and the Conference of Vice Rectors for Financial Affairs of Greek Universities

Athens, 02/07/2021

The General Directorate for Public Procurement (GDPP) of the General Secretariat for Commerce and Consumer Protection, which is the National Central Purchasing Body, is the proceeding authority for the implementation of the National Action Plan for Green Public Procurement and also the National Competence Center for Innovation Procurement.

GDPP continues its cooperation with the Conference of Vice Rectors for Financial Affairs of Greek Universities. In this context, GDPP successfully held informative online events on the 24th and 25th of June 2021 on Green Public Procurement and on Innovation Procurement respectively, aiming at broader synergies between the National Competence Center and the academic and research community of Greece. The events were attended by 80 executives of the Financial Services and the Special Account for Research Funds from 19 Universities in total, who will be the contact persons between the Universities and the National Central Purchasing Body. The overall goal is to raise awareness, build capacities and encourage the Universities to conduct public procurements with reduced environmental impacts during their life cycle, as well as the implementation of Innovation Procurement in order to promote innovative solutions and support research and innovation in our country.

At the event on Green Public Procurement the discussed topics were related to the European and national legislation, the National Action Plan for Green Public Procurement, eco-labels and environmental management systems, life cycle cost and good practices.

At the event on Innovation Procurement the discussed topics were related to the legislative framework, the financial instruments, and the implementation and monitoring of Innovative Public Procurement and the National Competence Center for Innovation Procurement.

In the context of this cooperation, more events and webinars will be organized in the near future.

From the Press Office

New EU GPP criteria for road transport published

This new EU GPP criteria-set has just been published in English, together with the JRC background technical report. Translations of the criteria into all EU languages will follow.

For more information please visit the link and read the pdf document:

https://ec.europa.eu/environment/gpp/pdf/criteria/EU%20GPP%20criteria%20for%20road%20transport.pdf

Manual for authorities awarding public contracts based on EU Ecolabel criteria for Printed paper, stationery paper and paper carrier bag products

This new manual has just been published. For more information please visit the link and read the pdf document:

https://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecolabel/documents/Manual%20for%20authorities%20Printed_Stationery%20paper.pdf

Newly updated GPP criteria for Road Transport published by the European Commission

On 18 October 2021 the European Commission published a revised version of the GPP criteria for road transport, updating previous criteria published in 2019. The revision was necessary to adjust to the changes introduced by the Directive 2019/1161/EU on the promotion of clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles.

For more information please visit the link and read the pdf document:

https://ec.europa.eu/environment/gpp/pdf/news_alert/Issue_108_NewsAlert_November_2021.pdf

International experiences on GPP

The World Bank recently published a report providing an overview of international experience in the implementation of GPP. The report focuses on the institutional framework that is needed to support the mainstreaming of GPP practices across government, and seeks to equip practitioners with a broad understanding of the issues they need to consider in the design and implementation of GPP reforms. The report draws on a wide range of country examples, and provides links to handbooks and tools for practitioners.

For more information please visit the link

Green Public Procurement : An Overview of Green Reforms in Country Procurement Systems (worldbank.org)