Best Practices

  • Sustainable cleaning services

The Agglomeration of Dinan, located in the Brittany Region (France), published in 2020 a call for tenders for environmentally-friendly and socially-responsible cleaning services. The Agglomeration of Dinan (Dinan Agglomération, in French) comprises of 64 municipalities and around 100,000 inhabitants.

Following the initiation of its Territorial Climate Air Energy Plan, the Agglomeration of Dinan identified indoor air quality as a priority area. Their most recent tenders for cleaning services included a number of environmental and social conditions. Aiming to reduce effluent and improve air quality, they also ensure good working conditions for contracted staff, and tackle social issues such as unemployment.

The resulting contract is worth € 199,902 per year, representing a 20% cost saving compared to previous contracts.

The monitoring exercise also showed an important reduction in air pollutants. The contract clearly proved that public procurement can be an excellent leverage to simultaneously tackle social and environmental priorities

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  • Best Practices


In the European Commission GPP website, best practices are recorded for the following sectors:


  • Buildings
  • Cleaning products and services
  • Combined heat & power
  • Copying and graphic paper
  • Electricity
  • Food and catering services
  • Furniture
  • Gardening products and services
  • Indoor lighting
  • Implementing gpp policies
  • Office building design, construction and management
  • Office it equipment
  • Office supplies
  • Printing products and services
  • Street lighting and traffic signals
  • Road design, construction and maintenance
  • Textiles
  • Transport
  • Waste management and collection
  • Waste water infrastructures
  • Water based heaters
  • Others


The above mentioned good practices demonstrate how public authorities in Europe have successfully ‘greened’ a public tender and provide some tips for replicating experiences.



Catalogue of Best Practices in Circular Economy  

The Catalogue of Best Practices in Circular Economy identifies good practices carried out in Spain that are transferable and scalable by other stakeholders.


CuRe: Low energy molecular polyester recycling 

CuRe has discovered a smarter and scalable technology for creating a fully circular polyester chain. It rejuvenates any type of used polyester by removing the colour and converting it into clear pellets with the same properties as virgin grade polyester. ​ In July 2020, a pilot plant in Emmen (Netherlands) was opened for rapid scale-up.


Environmentally and socially friendly cleaning services – Environment and Resources Authority (Malta)

The ERA’s (Environment and Resources Authority) most recent tender included a number of environmental and social requirements to also ensure good working conditions for staff employed under the contract for the coming three years. The resulting contract (worth approximately €100,000 annually) is executed using only EU Ecolabelled cleaning products – such as, all-purpose cleaners, sanitary cleaners and window cleaners. The mandatory status placed on the Cleaning Products Group within the Maltese NAP for GPP has resulted in numerous tenders being issued with more environmentally friendly cleaning products, which reduces numerous hazardous effects, and has generally enabled broader scale implementation of GPP in Malta.

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Combining procurement models for green and healthy buildings

The tender took place in the Czech Republic in a new treatment facility for respiratory diseases . The winning tender offered a number of sustainable solutions, including reusable (or fully recyclable) components of the existing main construction and interior design solution enabling simple layout adjustments in future. The building design also envisages rainwater collection and its subsequent use for irrigation, with its surplus being absorbed directly in the sanatorium area. Furthermore, the successful tenderer committed to achieve an annual consumption of non-renewable primary energy (NPE) valued at 93 kWh/m2/year, and an average heat transfer coefficient through the building envelope (Uem) of 0.21 W/(m2.K) (with the aim of Uem ≤ 0,25 W/m2K).

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