Green public procurement (GPP)
As a public procurer, you can opt for products that are produced in an environmentally friendly way, have a long service life, and can be easily reused. This helps not only to cut costs, but also to improve the environment. Below we discuss the topics covered GPP.
GPP involves preventing or minimising any negative impact on the environment, or making a positive contribution to the environment, for instance through the creation of natural values. Six distinct topics have been identified in the environmental criteria documents drawn up by the government as a guide for purchasers: Energy and climate, Materials and raw materials, Water and soil, Quality of life (disruption, air and noise), Natural environment, biodiversity and space, Health and welfare (working conditions, human health, animal welfare).
Further details: GPP explained
Getting started with GPP
Detailed environmental criteria documents have been drawn up for product groups that are commonly purchased by government bodies and that have a significant environmental impact (such as company cars or work clothing). As a public procurer, these environmental criteria documents will help to ensure that your procurement activities are environmentally friendly. They include both minimum requirements and award criteria. Suppliers must meet the minimum requirements to be eligible for a contract. Based on the award criteria, suppliers can be encouraged to further improve their environmental performance. Implementation of the minimum requirements contained in the environmental criteria documents is mandatory for all government procurements. Other government bodies have indicated that they will implement the minimum requirements set out in the environmental criteria documents, as standard, by 2015.
Further details: Environmental criteria