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1 Buying Green! A Handbook on environmental public procurement Buying Green! A Handbook on environmental public procurement DG Environment

2 Further promotion of GPP and Eco-label CE has published a Handbook on GPP - August 2004 (SEC(2004/1050)

3 The Handbook Published in August 2004 Published in August 2004 Translated in all other EU languages in 2005 Translated in all other EU languages in 2005 Clear overview of all stages of public procurement procedure and corresponding possibilities for introducing environmental considerations Clear overview of all stages of public procurement procedure and corresponding possibilities for introducing environmental considerations Many best practice examples Many best practice examples EUROPA - Environment - The greening of public procurement EUROPA - Environment - The greening of public procurement EUROPA - Environment - The greening of public procurement EUROPA - Environment - The greening of public procurement

4 Green purchasing strategies Public purchasers are recommended to Train purchasing staff Train purchasing staff Set priorities – opt for : Set priorities – opt for : step-by-step approach (first win-wins, then more complex procedures..) step-by-step approach (first win-wins, then more complex procedures..) focussed approach (energy efficiency, recycled content..) focussed approach (energy efficiency, recycled content..) Make available guidelines, databases.. Make available guidelines, databases..

5 Some examples The Nordic Council of Ministers has produced two brochures on the subject of green public procurement. One aims at local politicians and public sector managers. The other is aimed at procurement officers. http://www.grip.no/Innkjop/English/nordic_brochu res.htm http://www.grip.no/Innkjop/English/nordic_brochu res.htm http://www.grip.no/Innkjop/English/nordic_brochu res.htm

6 Some examples Environmental practice guide in Barcelona GreenOfficeGuide.pdf

7 Some examples Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment - Environment ServiceMinistry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment - Environment Service Cyprus Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment - Environment Service Site promotes products and services which are : more energy efficient and in general more economic in their operation. more energy efficient and in general more economic in their operation. either less or preferably not polluting as compared to other products that serve the same purpose. either less or preferably not polluting as compared to other products that serve the same purpose. durable, easily upgraded and repairable. durable, easily upgraded and repairable. reusable and markets and the infrastructure exist for recycling them at the end of their life. reusable and markets and the infrastructure exist for recycling them at the end of their life.

8 How to organise a « green » public procurement process? Identify your need = subject matter of contract Identify your need = subject matter of contract Technical specifications Technical specifications Selection criteria Selection criteria Award criteria Award criteria Contract clauses Contract clauses

9 Subject matter i.e. furniture stemming from sustainably harvested woods.. i.e. furniture stemming from sustainably harvested woods.. Most transparent way to inform bidders Most transparent way to inform bidders May be inappropriate if public purchaser lacks knowledge on existence/availability or cost of « green » alternatives to product/service purchased May be inappropriate if public purchaser lacks knowledge on existence/availability or cost of « green » alternatives to product/service purchased

10 Some examples Food from Organic farming in Ferrara, Italy Food from Organic farming in Ferrara, Italy After feasability study=> list of products with equivalent cost => now 50 % of all food offered in public canteens = organic, 80 % of food in nurseries After feasability study=> list of products with equivalent cost => now 50 % of all food offered in public canteens = organic, 80 % of food in nurseries

11 Technical specifications Defined Defined EITHER by reference to standards EITHER by reference to standards OR by reference to performance based or functional requirements OR by reference to performance based or functional requirements => to allow tenders based on different kind of technical solutions, including environmental requirements => to allow tenders based on different kind of technical solutions, including environmental requirements Can include environmental friendly production processes Can include environmental friendly production processes

12 GPP and Environmental Technologies By using performance based specifications, Public authorities can act as launching customers and support diffusion of recently developed Environmental Technologies act as launching customers and support diffusion of recently developed Environmental Technologies trigger the development of new technologies trigger the development of new technologies

13 Environmental Database Basic environmental information – refers to national and EU eco-labels where appropriate Basic environmental information – refers to national and EU eco-labels where appropriate Useful for « starters » - to be complemented Useful for « starters » - to be complemented http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/gp p/guidelines.htm#database http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/gp p/guidelines.htm#database http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/gp p/guidelines.htm#database http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/gp p/guidelines.htm#database

14 Some examples Construction sector => French HQE method (« Haute Qualité Environnementale ») focuses on designing buildings that use less water and energy and require less maintenance Construction sector => French HQE method (« Haute Qualité Environnementale ») focuses on designing buildings that use less water and energy and require less maintenance

15 GPP and eco-labels Underlying technical specifications can be used in tender documents Underlying technical specifications can be used in tender documents Eco-label can be recognised as a (non- exclusive) proof of compliance with technical specifications Eco-label can be recognised as a (non- exclusive) proof of compliance with technical specifications i.e. : Europen eco-label i.e. : Europen eco-label mostly for products : refrigerators, copiers, computers, paper..

16 Some examples EU eco-label for light bulbs prescribes minimum life-span of 10 000 hours => could be set as a minimal technical specification EU eco-label for light bulbs prescribes minimum life-span of 10 000 hours => could be set as a minimal technical specification

17 Selection criteria Exclusion - i.e. if conviction for environmental offence Exclusion - i.e. if conviction for environmental offence Technical - i.e. specific equipment enabling provision of « green » services/works; certificate of conformity of product to « green » standards Technical - i.e. specific equipment enabling provision of « green » services/works; certificate of conformity of product to « green » standards

18 GPP and Environmental management schemes EMAS (or equivalent systems) can be used by bidders to prove compliance with environmental selection criteria EMAS (or equivalent systems) can be used by bidders to prove compliance with environmental selection criteria For example : waste management contract requires specific environmental capabilities/equipment => EMAS (or equivalent) statement can prove this For example : waste management contract requires specific environmental capabilities/equipment => EMAS (or equivalent) statement can prove this

19 Some examples Austria Glas Recycling GmbH = listed on EMAS list => EMAS statement will provide proof of its environmental capacity in a tender for provision of recycling services Willkommen bei der AUSTRIA GLAS RECYCLING GMBH A-1020 Wien, Obere Donaustr. 71 - Tel. +43/1/214 49 00, Fax +43/1/214 49 08, e-mail: agr@agr.at UID-Nummer ATU 14979503, Firmenbuchnummer 114107f, Sitz Wien, Handelsgericht Wien, zuständige Aufsichtsbehörde BMLFUWagr@agr.at

20 Award criteria even if no economic advantage as such (i.e. buses/trams with reduced noise) even if no economic advantage as such (i.e. buses/trams with reduced noise) even if no direct environmental advantage for contracting authority (i.e. wood stemming from sustainably harvest forests) even if no direct environmental advantage for contracting authority (i.e. wood stemming from sustainably harvest forests) may relate to « green » production processes => may relate to « green » production processes => extra points if (part of) supplied electricity stems from renewable energy sources Life Cycle Cost to make GPP economically attractive Life Cycle Cost to make GPP economically attractive

21 Life Cycle Cost as award criterion Acquisition costs (purchase, installation, transport) Acquisition costs (purchase, installation, transport) Operating costs (energy/water consumption, annual licence fees, maintenance, staff, training, insurance premiums, environmental taxes) Operating costs (energy/water consumption, annual licence fees, maintenance, staff, training, insurance premiums, environmental taxes) Disposal costs (site clean up, refuse collection, recycling costs) Disposal costs (site clean up, refuse collection, recycling costs)

22 Contract clauses i.e. delivery in bulk (not in separate containers) or by railway i.e. delivery in bulk (not in separate containers) or by railway i.e. workers having to comply with specific environmental guidelines on the construction site i.e. workers having to comply with specific environmental guidelines on the construction site Non-discriminatory, no disguised technical specifications or selection criteria Non-discriminatory, no disguised technical specifications or selection criteria

23 Conclusion EU is committed to GPP EU is committed to GPP GPP is an important instrument for achieving sustainable development GPP is an important instrument for achieving sustainable development GPP can pull new environmental technologies into the market place GPP can pull new environmental technologies into the market place EU will further promote GPP EU will further promote GPP

24 Conclusion Your support = needed to distribute handbook in respective Member States Your support = needed to distribute handbook in respective Member States Handbook can be easily integrated into general public procurement training Handbook can be easily integrated into general public procurement training TAIEX representative will explain how to organise bilateral workshops on (green) public procurement under TAIEX in the respective Member States TAIEX representative will explain how to organise bilateral workshops on (green) public procurement under TAIEX in the respective Member States

25 addresses European Commission Environment Directorate-General Directorate G – Sustainable development and integration 1049 Brussels Belgium mailto:jill.michielssen@cec.eu.int http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/gpp/ http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/gpp/ http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/gpp/ http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/etap/index.htm http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/etap/index.htm http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/etap/index.htm


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