Croatian procurers get ready for GPP

GPP 2020 held its first 'train the procurers' seminar in Croatia from 27 to 28 November 2013. The two-day seminar aimed to equip procurers with the knowledge and skills to procure low-carbon products, services and works.

The seminar focused on the legal and organisational framework for green tendering procedures in detail. Procurers also learned how to calculate life cycle costing (LCC) and CO₂ emissions.

Participants of the training will implement low-carbon tenders in ten categories, the CO₂ savings of which will be monitored in the scope of GPP 2020. The aim is to demonstrate the impact that including low-carbon criteria in public procurement can achieve.

These low-carbon tenders should serve as examples to other procurers, and collectively contribute to the EU’s target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase the share of renewable energy and increase energy efficiency.

Mrs. Sandra Vlašić, Environmental Programme Officer at UNDP, said, ‘Trainings of this kind are very helpful to public procurers because they have to follow legal procedures while taking into account technical requirements of the products and services with a low-carbon footprint.’

She added, ‘The GPP2020 project can contribute to low carbon development strategy in the Republic of Croatia. ‘

The training was organised in collaboration with the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and fifteen organisations that joined GPP 2020. The participants were public procurers from a number of organisations:

  • the Central Procurement Office,
  • the Croatian Energy Company (HEP d.d.),
  • Zagreb City Holding,
  • the Municipality of Tkon,
  • the Municipality of Bilje,
  • the Municipality of Medulin,
  • the Municipality of Bukovec Mali,
  • the Ministry of Environment and Nature Protection,
  • the Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund,
  • Primorsko-goranska County,
  • Osjecko-baranjska County,
  • Regional Energy Agency North,
  • the University of Split,
  • the Faculty of Naval architecture of the University of Rijeka,
  • the Croatian Standard Institute,
  • the NGO Jav.Na, and
  • the Association of Municipalities in the Republic of Croatia

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