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1 Green public procurement in Estonia Hannes Mädo The Ministry of the Environment

2 What is public procurement? Public procurement is the process by which government departments or agencies purchase goods and services from the private sector

3 Thresholds: International thresholds: 1. When Government is buying goods or services EUR 2. when local government is buying goods or services EUR 3. All procurers when buying building services EUR Estonian thresholds: 1. All procurers, when buying goods and services EUR 2. All procurers, when buying building services EUR

4 What is green public procurement (GPP)? - Procedure where environmental considerations are taken into account within the procurement process.

5 Why use GPP? Some facts from EU GPP traning toolkit: - European public authorities spend each year over €1,800 billion on goods & services (14% -16 % of the GDP) - Directing this spending power towards the purchase of greener products and services can: - Achieve huge direct environmental benefits - Help drive the market for greener products and services - Set an example for corporate and private consumers

6 - If all European public authorities bought green electricity 18% of the Kyoto commitments could be met - EU Public authorities buy 2.8 million computers annually - 12% of market. If the European market could be moved to producing slightly more efficient PCs then over 8 million tonnes CO 2 could be saved - equivalent to the emissions of almost 1 million people

7 GPP doesn’t mean spending more money: - Life-cycle costing (LCC): Critical to consider the costs of a product/service throughout its useful life - purchase price, usage and maintenance costs, disposal costs - Efficient procurement: GPP involves meeting your needs with the most efficient use of resources - consider the real need to buy - Centralising: The City of Tübingen in Germany saved €30,000 per year by centralising cleaning product and service procurement and by using innovative products.

8 How it works? - Most of the EU countrys have National Actoin plans, where the targets of gpp are set up. Usually GPP is not legally binding in Member States. - European Commission has worked out GPP criterias for 19 product groups. (http://ec.europa.eu/environment/gpp/eu_g pp_criteria_en.htm)

9 Every product criteria has two stages: 1. Core criteria – set of minimum criterions that have to be included to tender documents 2. Comprehencive criteria – extra criterions for advanced procurers

10 Criteria for copyng and graphic paper Core criteria: - Paper must be made from 100% recovered paper fibres. - Recovered paper fibres include both post-consumer recycled fibres and pre-consumer recycled fibres from paper mills, also known as broke. -Post-consumer recycled fibres may come from consumers, offices, printing houses, bookbinders, or similar. Verification: All products carrying any type I ecolabel, such as the EU Ecolabel can serve as means of proof if it is specified that the paper is made from 00% recovered paper fibres. Any other appropriate means of proof, such as a technical dossier of the manufacturer or a test report from a recognised body will also be accepted.

11 - The paper must be at least Elementary Chlorine Free (ECF). Totally Chlorine Free (TCF) will also be accepted. Verification: All products carrying the EU Ecolabel will be deemed to comply. Other national type I ecolabels fulfilling the above criterion can also be accepted. Any other appropriate means of proof, such as a technical dossier of the manufacturer or a test report from a recognised body will also be accepted.

12 Criteria for copyng and graphic paper Comprehencive criteria: - Paper must be made from 00% recovered paper fibres, with a minimum of 65% post-consumer recycled fibres. - Recovered paper fibres include both post-consumer recycled fibres and pre-consumer recycled fibres from paper mills, also known as broke. - Post-consumer recycled fibres may come from consumers, offices, printing houses, bookbinders, or similar. Verification: All products carrying a type I ecolabel, such as the EU Ecolabel, can serve as means of proof if it is specified that the paper is made from 100% recovered paper fibres. Any other appropriate means of proof, such as a technical dossier of the manufacturer or a test report from a recognised body will also be accepted.

13 - The ecological criteria of the EU Ecolabel, or other type I national ecolabels directly related to paper production (and not the management practices of the factory) must be met. Full criteria documents available at: EU Ecolabel: aper_en.htm Verification: All products carrying the EU Ecolabel will be deemed to comply. Other national type I ecolabels fulfilling the listed criteria can also be accepted Any other appropriate means of proof, such as a technical dossier of the manufacturer or a test report from a recognised body will also be accepted.

14 Current situation in EU: 1. Updating criterias 2. Harmonisig GPP criteria with Ecolabel requirements 3. How to prioritize product croups for new criterias? 4. New stage. SPP – sustainable public procuremet. (adding social and ethical criterions to public procurements)

15 Current situation in Estonia: - Political stage – The Ministry of Finance - Practical side and enforcement – The Ministry of the Environment - nearly 20% of procurements are green - EU Criterias - Monitoring - Action plan?

16 For discussion: - Shall GPP be legally binding? Shall it be written in law that using GPP must be mandatory?

17 THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION!


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