25th May 2016

National results reports on the implementation of low carbon tenders

GPP 2020 partners from eight countries have been working on rolling out GPP tenders over the past years - and continue to do so. Detailed information about the lessons learned from our purchasing bodies and associate partners can be found in the national reports on low carbon tenders available here.

25th May 2016

Now over 100 case studies on products, services and works published

GPP 2020 shows that impressive CO2 savings are possible with Green Public Procurement. Our series of case studies (our tender models) has now a final number of more than 100 listings. We wish you a good read here.

11th April 2016

GPP 2020 training material updated

Recently, GPP 2020 national support partners have reviewed the GPP 2020 training materials.

The revision was meant to further develop the training material taking into account the results and tools produced in the project (e.g. tender models and calculators).2016  Please access the training materal here..

17th March 2016

2nd national GPP 2020 networking event in Catalonia

On 3 March 2016 the second Catalan GPP 2020 networking event took place in Barcelona (Spain). The event was used to exchange ideas and experience on low carbon and resource efficient procurement between procurers from all levels of Catalan authorities (from central to regional and local).

The objectives of the event were to: 1) Know, first-hand, how other procurers conducted low-carbon and resource efficient tenders and what results they achieved; 2) Exchange between peers experiences, doubts and solutions; and 3) Create a community of practitioners interested in further implement efficient and green public procurement.

To promote interaction, the session was organised around 6 parallel tables, presenting different green procurements from different Catalan public administrations, which served as catalysts of the discussions and exchange. They were the procurement of:

  • Energy management in maintenance contracts by ICAEN (Catalan Government)
  • Energy efficiency and environmental quality in the project and construction of a community and elderly centre by BIMSA (Barcelona City Council)
  • Green electricity framework contract for municipalities by the Catalan Association of Municipalities
  • Environmental criteria, from framework agreements to derived contracts by the Central Supplies Commission (Catalan Government)
  • Energy efficiency in vehicle fleets, by the Catalan Health Service (Catalan Government)
  • Circular Economy and Circular Procurement, by Ecoinstitut SCCL

The event was greatly appreciated by all participants that valued, among other, the possibility to exchange experiences and discover new initiatives relating to sustainable public procurement and the opportunity to network with other procurers.

For more information, download the event’s programme (in Catalan).

Image copyright: Ecoinstitut Barcelona

19th February 2016

Final GPP 2020 Conference: Programme and registration open

The final GPP 2020 conference will take place on 19 April 2016 (12.00-17.00) at the Espai Catalunya Europa in Brussels (Belgium). GPP 2020 partners would like to use this conference to share their ideas and achievements with other public authorities. Attendees will gain insights from those who are taking the lead across Europe in low-carbon public purchases for supplies (e.g. ICT and Vehicles), services (e.g. mobility services and Energy Performance Contracting) and works (e.g. road infrastructure).

The project has achieved savings equivalent to over 350,000 tonnes of CO2e to date – an impressive total which stands as a testament to the power of coordinated low-carbon procurement activities in helping achieve CO2 emissions reduction targets.

The programme is available online and registration is open now here.

Image credit: Continuité parfaite by Stephane Mignon on Flickr.com, Licensed under creative commons CC BY 2.0

4th February 2016

GPP 2020 webinar on low-carbon street lighting, 23 February 2016

The next GPP 2020 webinar on 23 February 2016, 11.00-12.30 CET will be focussing on low-carbon street lighting solutions. GPP 2020 partner UNDP Croatia will present details about the street lighting tender done by Zupa Dubrovacka and Sabine Frank and colleagues will present work done at the German Wasserkuppe. Andrej Mohar from Dark - Sky Slovenia will further introduce to the related concept of light pollution. The webinar will be facilitated by Alenka Burja from Umanotera. Programme and registration is available here.

Image copyright: iStock, Nikada

4th February 2016

Watch our video tutorials on using the GPP 2020 Calculators

A series of videos have been produced to guide users through the GPP 2020 carbon and energy calculators, a collection of excel tools which help procurers and decision-makers to measure the energy and carbon emissions saved by opting for a low-carbon tender rather than a standard tender. By providing this information, procurers and decision-makers can make smarter procurement choices.

Calculators are available for four product groups: Energy Contracting, Office ICT, Street Lighting, and Vehicles Calculators. Each video shows the tool being used to calculate savings in real-time, with a clear voice over explaining the process. The tool works by calculating an estimated saving against a standard tender for each product, thereby providing a clear idea of the impact of including low-carbon criteria in the tender.

The tool’s methodology draws on existing calculation tools and takes into account the product or services’ environmental product declaration, using this information to calculate life-cycle costs. The country context is also taken into consideration.

For more information, visit the Measuring Savings page

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17th December 2015

GPP 2020 mentioned at COP21

The almost 250,000 tonnes CO2e savings achieved by the GPP 2020 project were highlighted as an example of what SPP can achieve in the transition to a low-carbon economy during a recent meeting at the COP in Paris. The topic was the subject of a session hosted by UNEP, ICLEI and KEITI on Saturday 5 December at the Cities and Regions Pavilion to raise awareness about the potential of sustainable public procurement (SPP) to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The discussion focused on how to measure the GHG emissions stemming from public procurement. Three members of the 10 year framework programme on sustainable public procurement (10YFP on SPP) presented case studies from Europe, Asia and North America that illustrate the role SPP can play in reducing emissions.

The goal of the 10 YFP on SPP is to build the case for SPP on a global scale and support the implementation of SPP on the ground. The session saw UNEP, ICLEI–Local Governments for Sustainability, the Korean Environmental Institute for Technology and Innovation (KEITI), and the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) showcase practical ways to reduce GHG emissions through SPP, as well as outline methods to effectively monitor impacts. Mark Hidson, Global Director of ICLEI’s Sustainable Procurement Centre, emphasised the importance of monitoring as a powerful communication tool for encouraging sustainable procurement.

Farid Yaker, SPP Programme Officer, UNEP, announced a declaration drafted in November 2015 at a meeting on green procurement arranged by KEITI and UNEP in Seoul (South Korea). The declaration was endorsed by several partners of the 10YFP on SPP and Seoul meeting participants. The goals of the Declaration include highlighting sustainable public procurement as a public policy tool for achieving national climate commitments, and emphasising that if the actions of the public and private sectors on sustainable procurement are aligned, it will accelerate the achievement of ambitious climate goals.

For more information, visit the 10YFP programme website.

3rd December 2015

Five more GPP 2020 best practice examples published

GPP 2020 has reached 45 published good practice cases, amending the tender model series with a forward-thinking example from the City of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Ljubljana recently committed to purchase only electricity from 100% Renewable Energy Sources. This bold GPP action alone saves over 45,000 tons of CO2 in three years.

Further good practice added include examples on the procurement of multifunction devices, biomass furnace, electric vehicles and photovoltaic charging stations. All GPP 2020 tender models can be downloaded here.

1st December 2015

Publication: How to address energy efficiency and CO2 reduction in Service Contracts

GPP 2020 aims to mainstream low-carbon procurement across Europe in support of the EU’s goals to achieve a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, a 20% increase in the share of renewable energy and a 20% increase in energy efficiency by 2020.

CO2 reduction in services procurement has received significantly less attention than that in the procurement of goods and works. However, with the increasing trend to contracting out services to private companies, this procurement sector is becoming ever more significant.

This brochure on how to promote CO2 reduction in service procurement collects ideas emerged during the project and the results of the project webinars on services. It highlights good practice examples and new ideas from across Europe (e.g. incentivisation, energy performance contracting, setting minimum standards, monitoring performance, etc.).

Download the brochure.

25th November 2015

SardegnaCompra Verde - Viva Sardegna Forum

The SardegnaCompraVerde – Viva Sardegna Forum will be held in Cagliari on 26 November 2015. The event will be dedicated to public and private green procurement and will facilitate networking between actors involved in the implementation of green procurement in Sardegna.

The initiative is promoted by the Region of Sardegna, Department for Environmental Protection, and by regional provinces led by the Province of Cagliari. In order to share its GPP expertise at EU level, the promoter of the event – the Region of Sardegna – is an associate partner of GPP 2020 and an associated beneficiary of the LIFE+ project GPPbest.

The Forum will be dedicated to sharing GPP policies and experiences carried out over the last years by regional administrations, the network of regional GPP help desks, communes and numerous other public and private entities in the context of PAPERS (the Regional Action Plan for GPP).

The event will propose a working context for administrators, technicians and companies that represent public procurement offer and demand and will include:

  • An exhibition and information area that can be visited all day long. It will host booths of regional companies practicing sustainability and of the regional projects and associations
  • A conference in the morning: « Flash on GPP: Viva Sardegna » where the GPP experiences from Sardegna will be presented, as well as national and EU advancements
  • Two participatory workshops in parallel in the afternoon on the themes of sustainable catering and buildings
  • One-to-one tables for short meetings (upon request) between public bodies, companies and associations

The Forum will take place in Cagliari, Convento di San Giuseppe (via Paracelso) on Thursday, 26 November 2015, between 09.30 and 18.30.

Participation is free of charge. For more information, download the event programme.

Image: Alghero landscape by Jordan Wilms on Flickr,com, licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0


18th November 2015

Barcelona invites cities to follow its lead on sustainable procurement

Public procurers from across Europe gathered at the 2015 Procura+ Seminar in Barcelona (Spain) last week to learn from the city’s experiences of using sustainable procurement to reduce its ecological footprint and improve citizens’ quality of life. Organised by ICLEI, the seminar is an annual event that, through practical workshops and facilitated discussions, offers inspiring examples of sustainable and innovative procurement.

“By bringing procurers from all regions of Europe together, the Procura+ Seminar provides an excellent environment for exchange and learning. Barcelona is the ideal host city, having used their purchasing power to drive a shift towards sustainability. It is my hope that the procurers in attendance go away with a greater sense of the benefits that smart procurement choices can bring,” said Mark Hidson, Deputy Regional Director with ICLEI Europe. "Responsible public procurement is a very important part of Barcelona's broader approach to sustainability," added Janet Sanz, Deputy Mayor for Environment, Urban Planning and Mobility.

Similar to many cities in Europe, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving social conditions are priorities for Barcelona. Procurement is a key tool in this mission, as it enables the city to set ambitious environmental targets and encourage innovative thinking to address social challenges. Barcelona is an integral member of the Procura+ campaign, working closely with ICLEI and other local authorities to create a European movement for sustainable public procurement. This work has led to a number of impressive results. A recent example includes a 48 month contract for the rental of 198 electric scooters by the Barcelona City Police, which is currently being rolled out as part of the GPP 2020 project. By 2018, over 80 tonnes of CO2 will have been saved through this one contract alone.

For more information, visit the seminar website.

Image copyright: iStock photo


5th November 2015

Upcoming GPP 2020 events

With some six months to go for GPP 2020, the project is on the peak of its event series. GPP 2020 is providing further training seminars, webinars, national events and last but not least European events such as the upcoming Procura+ Seminar 11 November 2015 in Barcelona. For more information please look at our events section here.


24th September 2015

ACP/AOV Bolzano joins GPP 2020 as associate partner

The GPP 2020 Consortium would like to welcome the Agency for the Processes and the Supervision of Public Construction, Services and Delivery Procurement ACP/AOV for the Region Bolzano (Italy) as an associate partner. ACP/AOV Bolzano will look into the tendering of energy, IT products, food and works. 

Purchasing organisations and procurement training providers can get involved in GPP 2020 by becoming associate partners.  For more information, visit the associate partners page or contact us at info(at)gpp2020.eu.


21st September 2015

GPP 2020 at the Forum CompraVerde-BuyGreen in Rome, Italy

During the CompraVerde-BuyGreen Forum in Rome on 2nd October, an entire day will be dedicated to low carbon procurement and its role in the context of municipal and regional policies for a green and low carbon economy.

In the morning, a seminar promoted by ENEA and Consip, also partner of another Intelligent Energy Europe project, GreenProcA, will be hosted and will explore the opportunities linked to the implementation of green public procurement within the Strategic Energy Action Plans.  The Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, partner of GPP 2020, will present its experience here.  

In the afternoon, regional authorities that participate in GPP 2020 as associate partners will discuss with other Italian regions actions for the definition and implementation of regional GPP Action Plans.  A parallel working group will deepen aspects related to the implementation of low carbon procurement within public works contracts.  

The GPP 2020 Italian Help Desk will be physically present throughout the day to provide information  and assistance to public authorities that want to include environmental criteria in their tenders and want to know more about the opportunities offered by the GPP 2020 project.

For more information, read the full program of the day.

Image copyright: Workshop by Heinrich Böll-Stiftung on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0

6th August 2015

Barcelona Police Department Goes Electric

The Barcelona Police Department is reducing its CO2 emissions by 80 tonnes over the next three years by switching to electric scooters. A 48 month contract for the rental of 198 electric scooters resulted in zero carbon dioxide emissions from fuel consumption and an 87% total reduction in CO2 emissions from the scooter fleet by 2018.

The scooters are being introduced incrementally, with early pilots helping to iron out potential problems and ensure that the technology is mature enough to be used by the Police Force. A significant upfront investment was required to install the appropriate charging technology throughout the city, but this outlay is expected to be balanced by a saving on fuel costs in the long term.

As well as the clear CO2 savings, the electric scooters are expected to improve local air quality in Barcelona and contribute towards reducing sound pollution around the city.

For more information on this and other tenders carried out within the GPP 2020 project, please visit the Low Carbon Tenders page.

Copyright: Barcelona Police Department

9th July 2015

National Networking event in Catalonia

On June 11 the first GPP2020 Networking event in Catalonia (Spain) took place in the form of an event to exchange on low carbon procurement between procurers from all levels of Catalan authorities (from central to regional and local).

The objectives of the event were to:

1) Know, first-hand, how other procurers conducted low-carbon tenders and what results they achieved;
2) Exchange between peers experiences, doubts and solutions; and
3) Create a community of practitioners interested in further implement efficient and green public procurement.

To promote interaction, the session was organised around 7 parallel tables, presenting different low-carbon purchases which served as catalysts of the discussions and exchange around the discussed topic.

They included the procurement of:
-    Low-carbon vehicles by the Ministry of Territory and Sustainability (Catalan Government)
-    Electric motorcycles by Barcelona City Council
-    Imaging equipment by Sant Just Desvern City Council
-    Green electricity by Barcelona City Council
-    Postal services by the Central Supplies Commission (Catalan Government)
-    Energy contracting services by ICAEN (Catalan Government)
-    Biomass by Barcelona Regional Council

The event was greatly appreciated by all participants, that valued, among other, the possibility to exchange and discuss topics and to know other procurers like them that have great knowledge and interest in more sustainable public procurement.

For more information, download the event’s programme (in Catalan).

Image copyright: Ecoinstitut

6th July 2015

New Catalan web portal provides one-stop-shop for GPP

GPP 2020 partner Ecoinstitut has launched the web portal comprasostenible.net, an entry point where Catalan public authorities can find their way to the most relevant resources available to safely implement SPP in the region.

The portal provides responses to the main questions of concern for decision-makers and practitioners for the introduction of socio-environmental concerns in public procurement – such as: if it’s legal, if it’s more expensive, if there are resources and support structures to help in the process, etc.

It does so by providing information and pointing to key resources from relevant organisations. Among others you can find:

  • Arguments to support SPP at the decission-making level
  • Useful resources and support structures to implement SPP in al its facets,
  • Information on the introduction of sustainability criteria in tendering processes
  • Repositories of products and services with socio-environmental attributes
  • Best practice examples to learn from others.

Almost all the resources are in Catalan or Spanish to minimise language barriers to SPP, and it will be expanded periodically to cover new and relevant information, materials and examples that appear regularly.

The portal has been developed thanks to the EU-funded project GPP2020 and will be kept up-to-date even after the end of the project as a permanent support structure.

To visit the portal, just go to: www.comprasostenible.net 

Image copyright: RE within reach by Katrina Brown, Dreamstime.com

30th June 2015

Italian Agenda 21 Coordination and Sardinia join GPP 2020

The GPP 2020 Consortium would like to welcome Coordinamento Agende 21 (Italy) and the Autonomous Region of Sardinia (Italy) as its latest Associate Partners.

Coordinamento Agende 21 is the Italian Association for the Local Agenda 21. It will identify at least two public authorities which will publish a low carbon tender model. The Autonomous Region of Sardinia will look into low carbon ICT procurement. 


23rd June 2015

Padua and Lisbon Social Housing Association join GPP 2020

The GPP 2020 Consortium would like to welcome the Municipality of Padua (Italy) and the Lisbon Social Housing Association - Gebalis (Portugal) as its latest Associate Partners.

The Municipality of Padua is the capital of the Region Padua in Italy. Padua will look into the tendering of heating recovery systems and services to reduce energy consumption. Gebalis - Gestão do Arrendamento Social em Bairros Municipais de Lisboa - is the social housing association of the City of Lisbon.


19th June 2015

GPP 2020 seminar presentations outline good practice in low-carbon procurement

Presentations from the GPP 2020 workshop held in Riga (Latvia) on 21 May 2015 are now available online. The workshop looked at practical implementation of low-carbon procurement processes and how environmental targets can be used to boost economic growth, as well as results from the EU-funded PRIMES and GPP 2020 projects.

Ways in which public procurement can be used as a tool to lower carbon emissions, currently available energy and emissions calculation tools, and support structures for procurers were all touched on by presenters. Maris Klismets of the Latvian Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development presented an overview of GPP regulations in Latvia, while Francesc Vidal of the Catalan Institute for Energy looked at driving energy performance contracting through procurement schemes.

Best practices from Italy, Croatia, the Netherlands and France were also presented. The event was organised by the Latvian Environmental Investment Fund and the GPP 2020 and PRIMES projects, and was moderated by ICLEI's Philipp Tepper.

To view the presentations, visit the Events and training page.

Image copyright: Riga, Latvia (photo on Flickr) by "Bryan Ledgard", licensed under CC BY 2.0

16th June 2015

GPP 2020 trainings provide practical support with low carbon procurement

As part of our mandate to achieve significant emissions reductions by 2020, GPP 2020 partners regularly carry out training seminars for procurers and public policy makers. The idea of these seminars is to look at low carbon tenders in a very practical way, often working on real upcoming tenders which participants would like to make more environmentally friendly.

This year alone, the GPPP 2020 project has carried out training sessions in Germany, Croatia, Italy, Austria, Spain and Netherlands – each tailored to the specific political and legal situation of the country involved. These trainings have covered a range of areas including EU policy, the new Procurement Directives and application of lifecycle costing techniques.

The training sessions are a great way to learn more about how to apply low carbon methodologies to upcoming procurements. The carbon calculators and tender models developed by the project also provide practical tools to help learn from and replicate the work of other purchasing organizations, adapting them to an organisation’s own specific context .

For more information on upcoming trainings, visit the Events and training page.

Image copyright: GPP 2020 Project

17th June 2015

How to ensure renewable energy supply and efficiency in public procurement?

Policymakers and action managers in charge of reaching sustainability targets in municipalities, regions and countries, are confronted with this question on a daily basis.

On 15 June 2015 people discussed this at the GPP 2020 webinar 'Boosting Sustainable Energy Supply & Efficiency through Smart Public Tendering'. Experiences, case studies and approaches providing practical knowledge and experiences with procurement of green electricity and energy efficiency in cities and regions showed how to overcome the obstacles.

The presentations given can be assessed here.

Image copyright: Sunflower Solar (photo on flickr) by Sterling College licensed under BY SA 2.0

26th May 2015

European workshop showcased low-carbon procurement solutions

The GPP 2020 low carbon procurement workshop in Riga (Latvia) looked at how to move beyond policy aims to practical implementation. Sessions focussed on the implementation of local sustainable procurement policy in Latvia and the use of environmental targets to boost economic growth.

GPP 2020 partners shared their own experiences in implementing tenders with impressive cumulative savings of more than 150,000 tonnes CO2e to date. Together with Primes project partners they provided an insight into good practice, smart solutions and how to overcome obstacles while driving low-carbon public purchases for supplies (e.g. ICT and Vehicles), services (e.g. mobility services and Energy Performance Contracting) and works (e.g. road infrastructure). A market lounge also provided information on funding opportunities and practical tools to help calculate carbon savings and implement low carbon tenders.

4th May 2015

National Networking event in Padova

The second Italian national networking event, organised by the national support structure Ecosistemi, will be hosted by the Municipality of Padova on 14 May 2015.

The event aims at stimulating the exchange of good practices and identifying those experiences starting at national level that could benefit from the dialogue with experts and with public procurers from other authorities.

The event will be particularly useful for:

  • local authorities that have adhered to the Covenant of Mayors and can use green public procurement to  established CO2 objectives;
  • regional administrations and purchasing agencies that want to make their procurement more efficient from the economic and environmental point of view;
  • public authorities interested to share experiences and of low carbon procurement in the following sectors: construction works, food and catering, cleaning services and products, datacenters and IT, building energy services.

For more information, see the full programme.

30th April 2015

New tender models online

Our tender model database continues to grow, with new low carbon tenders recently uploaded from Finland, Italy, Austria, Croatia and the Netherlands. These tenders cover a range of products and services from purchasing renewable electricity to low carbon construction projects. The tender models contain information on how the process was carried out, how savings were calculated and what lessons were learned during the process - information designed to make them replicable by other public authorities.

For more information, head over to the low carbon tenders page.

8th April 2015

Read all about it!

The fourth edition of the GPP 2020 newsletter is now available online. The newsletter brings together all the latest in the world of sustainable procurement, with a round-up of news, events and tender models.

Key news includes headline carbon savings of more than 145,000 tonnes CO2e. That amounts to the annual CO2 consumption of more than 24,000 households! This was achieved through 23 different tenders, with replicable tender models explaining exactly how this was done available on the low carbon tenders page.

The newsletter also include further details of the upcoming networking event in Riga, providing the opportunity to reach out and connect with as many fellow minds as possible.

For more information, read the GPP 2020 newsletter.

1st April 2015

Procurers invited to explore low-carbon procurement in practice at Riga workshop

Public procurers are invited to take part in a one day seminar taking place 21 May in Riga (Lativa) that will offer insight into good practices, and see discussion on methods to overcome obstacles while driving low-carbon public purchases for supplies, works and services. The seminar will also showcase the results of two projects focused on green public procurement: PRIMES and GPP 2020.

The aim of the workshop is to show how public procurement interventions can be used as a strategic tool to mitigate climate change; participants will be give information on how to best calculate carbon and energy savings, while support structures from across Europe will be presented. ICLEI Europe’s Philipp Tepper will lead the workshop, with speakers including Leendert van Geldermalsen of Rijkswaterstraat, The Netherlands, and Lidia Capparelli of CONSIP, Italy.

The event is organised by the Latvian Environmental Investment Fund and the GPP 2020 and PRIMES projects. Participation in the event is free of charge, but early registration is required to reserve your seat. Register online at bit.ly/gpp_riga - registration closes 7 May 2015.

For more information, visit the European events page.

26th March 2015

Upcoming GPP 2020 Training Seminars

GPP 2020 training seminars are taking place in Austria, Croatia, Germany and the Netherlands in the coming months, providing local procurers with tailored information, up to the minute case studies and hands-on support with publishing low carbon tenders. The workshops are designed to be relevant to the national context in each country and use custom-made training materials.

For more information, please visit the GPP 2020 training seminars page.

17th March 2015

Video and presentations now available from webinar on low carbon service contracts

On 26 March 2015 GPP 2020 held a fruitful exchange on best practice examples for service contracts with low carbon criteria via its webinar series. The outcomes are now available, including a video and presentations about:

Framework Agreement Postal Services - Catalan Government by Sergi Vibancos, Central Comission of Supply
Procurement of Coordinated Goods Distribution - Municipality of Växjö by Ulrica Nord, Procurement Department
Procurement of 100% organic seasonal food - Municipality of Copenhagen by Betina Bergmann Madsen

Please, visit our GPP 2020 webinar series page.

16th March 2015

Huge carbon savings in Catalonia energy tender

An electricity and gas tender published by the Catalonian Department of Economy and Knowledge has made total savings of more than 66,000 tonnes CO2e – totaling more than the average annual consumption of 10,000 European households. The tender, which is worth an annual €132,440,669, was awarded in the form of a framework agreement that allowed other public bodies to participate.

Technical specifications included a guaranteed minimum of 30% of the electricity be supplied from renewable or high efficiency cogeneration sources. These had to be accompanied by guarantee of origin certificates. Financial penalties were included in the contract in the case of failure to comply with these conditions.

This tender represents an impressive achievement, with CO2 savings of 22% compared to the previous contract and a 300% increase in guaranteed production from renewable high efficiency cogeneration source.

For more information on this and other low carbon tenders, visit the low carbon tenders page.

11th March 2015

Renewable energy makes significant contribution to emissions reduction

Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions could have been 7 percent higher in 2012 without the deployment of renewable energy from 2005 onwards concludes a new report by the European Environment Agency (EEA). The use of coal would have resulted in a 13 percent increase in harmful emissions, while natural gas would have seen a 7 percent increase.

The share of renewable energy was 15 percent of the EU’s total energy consumption in 2013, surpassing the target set in the European Commission’s Renewable Energy Directive. EEA Executive Director Hans Bruyninckx said: “Renewable energy is quickly becoming one of Europe’s great success stories. We can go even further: if we support innovation in this area it could become a major motor of Europe’s economy, bringing down emissions while creating jobs.”

In addition to renewable energy, other factors have also been responsible for the decrease in Europe’s emissions. These include policies and measures designed to improve energy efficiency, as well as changing economic factors and the increasing shift to cleaner fuels. The report adds to the growing body of evidence that low-carbon development can reduce emissions while stimulating economic growth.

For more information and to read the report, visit the European Environment Agency website.

26th February 2015

Župa Dubrovačka saves 900t CO2 with LED lightbulbs

The Croatian municipality of Župa Dubrovačka has reduced the carbon dioxide emissions of its street lights by 36 percent by switching to LED lightbulbs. The low carbon tender, which is the latest published as part of the GPP 2020 project, was for 686 new street lights.

The tender followed an open procedure and was awarded based on the criteria of lowest price, but minimum efficiency requirements for the new lights were stringent. These included efficiency levels of more than 50 lumens/watt and a lifetime of at least 20,000 hours.

There was no significant impact on the competitiveness of the tender, which has encouraged the municipality to use more ambitious energy efficiency criteria and technical specifications in future tenders.

For more information, read the GPP tender model.

16th February 2015

GPP 2020 in the news

The GPP 2020 project has been receiving lots of coverage in recent weeks, with articles in Supply Management and Spend Matters magazines.

The articles focused on the impressive savings made by the project so far and the important role played by central purchasing bodies in leading the shift to a low-carbon economy.

Tenders published by GPP 2020 project partners have contributed to savings equalling 73,200 tonnes of CO2 and 17,664 tonnes of oil.

For more information on how these savings were achieved, visit the low-carbon tenders page.

16th February 2015

Improved energy and carbon calculators now available

New GPP 2020 energy and carbon calculators for a range of product groups are now available online. These are designed to help procurers quantify savings in terms of oil and carbon dioxide based on a comparison of their current and previous tenders.

The updated calculators are more streamlined and user friendly, based on user feedback collected from nineteen tenders published using the GPP 2020 calculation method.

The calculators allow side by side evaluation of carbon savings gained from the purchase of items with a lower environmental impact when compared to more conventional products. They are available for procurement of street lighting, information and communication technologies, vehicles and energy contracting.

For more information and to download the calculators, visit the measuring savings page.

11th February 2015

UNDP launches GPP website and the first GPP Help Desk in Croatia

The Croatian GPP website was launched last week, providing national news about GPP events and tenders, best practice examples and training materials developed within the GPP 2020 project.

The website also hosts the first Croatian GPP Help Desk. The Help Desk aims at providing online support to public procurers in defining and implementing GPP criteria and informing the decision makers about the benefits of GPP. At a later stage, the GPP Help Desk will be managed by the Croatian Ministry of Economy.

For more information, please visit www.zjn.hr

3rd February 2015

Metropolitan Area of Barcelona joins GPP 2020

The GPP 2020 Consortium would like to welcome the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (Spain) as its latest Associate Partner. With a population of around 5 million, Barcelona is the most populous metropolitan area on the Mediterranean coast, and one of the largest in Europe. They are focusing on applying the principles of low carbon procurement to imaging multifunction devices and will use the calculation tools available on the GPP 2020 website to calculate their savings.



28th January 2015

GPP 2020 training offered remotely through Moodle

GPP 2020 National Support Partner Ecoinstitut is offering a series of training seminars on green and low-carbon public procurement in decentralised locations across Catalonia aimed at procurers who have had less opportunity to learn first-hand about GPP.

Following a successful training for public administrations in the province of Girona last September, the next session will be held for administrations in Lleida on 10 February. As the province is large and contains many small municipalities, the province has been using an on-line learning platform to facilitate access to training courses for all civil servants. The GPP 2020 training will make the most of this e-learning opportunity, inviting civil servants to attend in person or virtually.

Furthermore, thanks to a recent agreement between the province of Lleida and the province of Tarragona, civil servants from Tarragona will also be able to participate, increasing access to the training seminar even further.

For more information on training opportunities, visit the events and training page.

26th January 2015

First newsletter for the PRIMES project available

The PRIMES project has released the first edition of their e-newsletter, with case studies showing how technical support provided by the project has helped municipalities such as Koprivnica (Croatia) publish low carbon tenders.

The project aim is to develop basic skills and provide hands-on support for public purchasing organisations in order to overcome barriers and implement Green Public Procurement. This will support a consequent energy and CO2 reduction.

Anyone who is interested in following the project can sign-up to their bi-annual newsletter on the website to keep up to date with the project’s progress over the next two years.

For more information, read the PRIMES newsletter.

14th January 2015

Video provides short introduction to the sustainable infrastructure approach

The Sustainable Infrastructure Project has released a short video introducing their approach to incorporating sustainability into infrastructure developments. The project is a Dutch Government initiative, bringing together research centres and stakeholders from the public and private sectors. By using an approach that aims to incorporate sustainability at all phases of a public procurement process, it offers room for sustainable innovation at all stages of a project.

The video includes a series of interviews with different stakeholders and shows snapshots of different projects being undertaken by the consortium.

For more information, watch the video

8th January 2015

Veneto Region joins GPP 2020 as Associate Partner

The GPP 2020 Consortium is delighted to welcome the region of Veneto (Italy) as an Associate Partner. The region, which is the fifth largest in Italy, has committed to low carbon tenders for printing machinery, office furniture and stationery.

7th January 2015

Open tenders available on GPP 2020 website

Low carbon tenders published by central and national purchasing bodies across Europe have been pulled together in once easy to access database on the GPP 2020 website. The invitations to tender, which are still open for bids, are organised by the month they were published with a short description of the subject matter and a link to further details.

This page is a useful resource both for potential suppliers interested in bidding and public authorities as it provides a good oversight of which product groups and which criteria are currently being included in low carbon tenders.

For more information, visit the open tenders page.

19th December 2014

GPP 2020 project celebrated at Horizon 2020 Open Day

The GPP 2020 project was mentioned at a recent Horizon 2020 open day as an example of best practice in proposal writing. The project, which has been running since 2013, was celebrated as one of the five best Intelligent Energy Europe projects to look up for H2020 EE proposal writers.

There were a number of presentations regarding funding opportunities and areas of focus in terms of energy efficiency for the new European Commission’s term of office. An interesting insight came from Marie Donnelly, who explained that by sector buildings have by far the highest energy saving potential within the EU (46 percent), followed by mobility (33 percent) and power (31 percent).

For more information, visit the Horizon 2020 website.

9th December 2014

Public procurement’s contribution to EU energy efficiency goals

Public tenders published through the GPP 2020 project have saved the equivalent of over 65,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide since the project began, more than that produced by 10,000 average European households each year.

Fifteen tender models have now been uploaded to the GPP 2020 website, showing exactly how different councils across Europe have gone about implementing low carbon tenders. The procurements cover everything from white goods to green vehicles and share successful procurement approaches, award criteria and learning which can be used by other public authorities.

As well as carbon dioxide, the tenders have saved the equivalent of more than 15,000 tonnes of oil to date. The GPP 2020 project is working to support the European Union’s goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by twenty percent, increasing the market share of renewable energy by 20 percent and increasing energy efficiency by 20 percent by 2020.

For more information, visit the low-carbon tenders page.

5th December 2014

Train the Procurer workshops receive positive response

This autumn saw a series of Train the Procurer workshops delivered by GPP2020 partners across Europe.  A workshop held in Maribor (Slovenia) in October received very positive feedback from participants, who felt the training approach gave them a valuable insight into applying GPP principles in practice. A 2 day workshop in Rome (Italy) in September was also well received, with participants looking to the Province of Rome’s Action Plan for Green Public Procurement as a source of inspiration.

For more information regarding upcoming training activites, please visit the Events and Training page or contact info(at)gpp2020.eu.

3rd December 2014

Association of Municipalities and Towns of Slovenia joins GPP 2020

GPP 2020 is delighted to welcome the Association of Municipalities and Towns of Slovenia (SOS) as an Associate Partner of the campaign. SOS has 173 members (from 210 municipalities), covering nearly 90% of the inhabitants of Slovenia. The Association has committed to tender for electricity, office IT equipment and copier paper on behalf of interested local communities.



28th November 2014

Updated training materials available on GPP 2020 website

Updated training materials are now available to download in eight languages from the GPP 2020 website. The new materials have been updated to reflect new legislation at the European level and in different nation states, as well as incorporating feedback and suggestions taken from people’s experiences with the original materials.

The materials provide a comprehensive training package for both procurers and those responsible for training procurers, with each module tailored to the specific language and cultural specificity of the eight countries involved in the project.

For more information and to download the new materials, visit the Events and Training section of the website.

18th November 2014

Invitation to host Procura+ Seminar 2015

Interested parties are invited to host the 2015 edition of the Procura+ seminar series. This exciting opportunity will present a host partner – whether city, municipality, organisation or government – with access to leading experts in sustainable public procurement and the chance to help build an engaging, diverse seminar which responds to their needs and interests.

The 2015 installment of the Procura+ seminar will see ICLEI's Procura+ Campaign combine forces with the GPP 2020 project to provide a platform for exchange. Purchasers from all levels of government, suppliers, manufacturers, policy-makers and multipliers on specific topics related to sustainable public procurement will come together to identify strategies for mainstreaming low-carbon and innovation procurement in European public authorities.

Cities interested in hosting the event are asked to provide a venue and additional logistics, along with their individual know-how and experience to help define the direction of the seminar. A contribution to cover staff costs, travel and accommodation for speakers, materials and other support logistics is also requested. The amount, in terms of financial and in-kind donations, can be discussed with the Procura+ team.

For more information, download the call for hosts.

17th November 2014

Train the Trainers seminar to take place in Aachen (Germany)

The next GPP 2020 Train the Trainers workshop will be held in Aachen (Germany) on 27 November 2014. The event will focus on energy efficiency and life cycling costing analysis. While the opening session looks closely at the situation in Aachen, an afternoon seminar will consider opportunities to replicate and multiply green public procurement in other German regions.

The Train the Trainer workshop is one of a number of different training sessions taking place across Germany, Europe and online in the form of webinars. For more information, visit the Events and Training section.

4th November 2014

Calculation tool provides information on street light emissions

A lighting emissions calculator is now available for download on the GPP 220 website. The calculator allows comparison of CO2-emissions generated by powering run street-lights. It was introduced following the successful test of a beta, which has been up on the site for the last few months. Alongside the lighting calculator, tools are available to calculate the relative emissions of different solutions for energy contracting, vehicle procurement and office ICT.

30th October 2014

New video explores low carbon procurement

A video on low carbon and sustainable growth has been published by national support partner Compra Verde. The video builds on the results of a national networking event, held in Rome on 1 October, which provided a space for Italian procurers to consider the impacts of the new EU Procurement Directives and share best practice on low carbon procurement and sustainable energy action plans. For more details of training events, webinars and to download training materials, visit the Events and Training section of the website.



27th October 2014

GPP website published in Slovenian

National support partner Umanotera (Slovenia) has published a webpage dedicated to green public procurement on its website. This is the first site dedicated to GPP in Slovenia and provides a comprehensive guide to policy and implementation. It contains information on the GPP 2020 project, GPP criteria and relevant legislation, tools such as life cycle costing and eco-labelling,  as well as the latest news and advice. A helpdesk has also been set up to answer questions regarding the implementation of GPP in Slovenia. The site has already proved a great success, with over 600 hits in its first few days online.

21st October 2014

GPP 2020 welcomes Maribor as new Associate Partner

Maribor (Slovenia) is the latest city to commit to low carbon procurement, after Mayor Andrej  Fištravec signed an Associate Partnership Agreement with the GPP2020 Consortium. Working with national coordinator Umanotera, the municipality is planning to implement low carbon tenders in the field of electricity, IT office equipment and vehicles.

29th September 2014

Lleida joins forces with GPP 2020

The Economic Development Agency of the Province of Lleida (PROMECO) in Catalunya joined GPP 2020 as Associate Partner. Lleida is looking into offering further support to municipalities in the province, enabling them to issue low carbon tenders in the future. Together with GPP 2020 National Support Partner Ecoinstitut Barcelona a workshop on this is envisaged.

For more information about PROMECO, please see here (in Catalan).

22nd September 2014

GPP 2020 experience shared at market lounge at EcoProcura Ghent

Visit our market lounge table no. 31 on 25th September at EcoProcura conference! GPP 2020 aims to mainstream low-carbon procurement across Europe in support of the EU’s goals to achieve reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. To this end, GPP 2020 implements more than 100 low-carbon tenders.

Learn how public authorities can benefit from GPP 2020 experience in terms of monitoring and calculating energy and CO2 savings, applying GPP criteria and boosting capacities on GPP across Europe.

18th September 2014

Dishwashers, TVs and washing machines tender saves 20% CO2

The Austrian Federal Procurement Agency moved from A to A++ white and brown goods in their recent framework contract available for all Austrian municipalities. Making use of comprehensive market consultation, the tendering process showed that low-carbon procurement works in practice and achieves tangible results in terms of energy and cost savings. Read the full case in GPP 2020's tender model database.

16th September 2014

Lazio Region moves towards low-carbon procurement

GPP 2020 receives strong support in mainstreaming low-carbon procurement across Europe: we welcome Lazio Region as Associate Partner aiming to tender for green and low-carbon products and services and hosting events within the framework of the GPP 2020 project. Lazio Region is the third most populated region and has the second largest economy of Italy. Read more about the GPP agenda here (in Italian).

12th September 2014

Measuring savings - new beta version of street lighting calculator released

GPP 2020 provides public authorities across Europe with tailored methodologies how to calculate energy and CO2 savings to show how GPP contributes to achieving the 2020 goals of the EU.

Procurers looking into street lighting solutions can now use the beta version of the GPP 2020 street lighting calculator that is based on work done of the former Swedish Environment Management Council (SEMCo). You can read more about the GPP 2020 methodology and download the calculator here.

9th September 2014

Supporting mainstreaming of GPP in your region

Market analysis services in Italy, a new helpdesk tailored for local governments in the Netherlands or taking part in the Catalan GPP network - GPP 2020 offers selected support activities also for non-partners. Take a look at the national support activities in your country here.

3rd September 2014

GPP 2020 webinar on Systems Engineering and Functional Specifications

Systems Engineering (SE) is an interdisciplinary approach and enables the realization of complex systems. meeting user needs. SE focuses on defining customer needs and required functionality early in the development cycle. SE documents requirements and facilitates design synthesis and system validation while considering among other operations, cost and performance – all embedded into Green Public Procurement.

In this GPP 2020 webinar Ron Beem from RWS will address some principles of SE in GPP, like user requirements, design and procurement set up. For more information on SE see www.leidraadse.nl/welcome.

GPP 2020 webinar on Systems Engineering and Functional Specifications – 18 September 2014, 10.00 (CET) – register by latest 17 September 2014 by writing to ronald.vermeeren(at)rvo.nl.

15th August 2014

Register now for a GPP 2020 procurement training with CILMA and Girona

The GPP 2020 associate partner Council of Local Environmental Initiatives of the Region of Girona (CILMA) and the Diputació de Girona are cooperation with GPP 2020 in offering a 1 day training on green tendering and contracting.

The training is taking place 25 September 2014 in the Casa del la Cultura in Girona. Based on the GPP 2020 training material the training will offer tailor made support for procurers and public servants from Girona and other CILMA members in implementing green and low carbon procurement. A maximum of 20 participants ensures an interactive and productive atmosphere.

Registration is open until 15 September.

4th August 2014

GPP 2020 welcomes new associate partner CILMA from Catalunya

The Council of Local Environmental Initiatives of the Region of Girona (CILMA) joined GPP 2020 as associate partner. They will host one GPP 2020 event and will further support the regional capacity building programme of the project.

Purchasing organisations and procurement training providers can get involved in GPP 2020 by becoming associate partners. Associate purchasing organisations commit to implementing low-carbon tenders for which they can benefit from free assistance from the GPP 2020 consortium. Associate procurement training providers can gain visibility by carrying out capacity building activities on low-carbon procurement, for instance by giving trainings.

For more information about becoming an associate partner visit: www.gpp2020.eu/about-gpp-2020/associate-partners/

15th July 2014

GPP 2020 monitoring report published

GPP 2020 published its first monitoring report that provides information on the uptake of the project.

The report includes facts, figures and results of the low-carbon tenders, the training seminars and the support activities aiming to establish permanent sup­port structures on low-carbon procurement across Europe. It is available for download here.

10th July 2014

Ljubljana announced as European Green Capital 2016

Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia, has been selected as European Green Capital for 2016. The city received particular praise for its sustainability strategy, which follows an integrated approach to environmental management. This includes an Environmental Protection Programme, a Sustainable Mobility Plan, a Sustainable Energy Action Plan and an Electromobility Strategy. Ljubljana has also shown its commitment to sustainable and green procurement, which has been implemented for 70 percent of all city purchases. The Slovenian Ministry of Finance, supported by Umanotera, is a partner in the GPP 2020 project. The Ministry has saved a considerable amount of energy and CO2 through their GPP tenders.

The European Green Capital Award is an annual event that promotes and rewards the efforts of cities committed to improving the urban environment. Winning cities demonstrate a record of achieving high environmental standards and commit to ambitious goals for future progress in sustainable development.

For more information, click here.

3rd July 2014

Webinar recordings on market engagement, sounding and analysis

Listen into the recordings of the GPP 2020 webinars on market engagement, sounding and analysis featuring tips and tricks for effective and smart public procurement here.

3rd July 2014

New tender model on vehicles added to tender database

Generating 1,597 tons of CO2 and 696 tons of oil equivalent savings while meeting the real needs of public authorities in Catalonia: the tender for cars by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Catalan Government, including vehicles for renewal and replacement of the fleet of the Directorate General of Police, the Directorate General of Fire Prevention, Fire Fighting and Rescue Services, the Directorate General of Civil Protection and the General Secretary's Office of the Ministry.

26th June 2014

New procurement guide helps public authorities unlock the benefits of innovation

To reduce the existing knowledge gap on public procurement of innovation (PPI), the EU-funded Public Procurement of Innovation Platform project has launched a comprehensive guide. The guide, which is available online and in print, offers explanations of procedures, definitions and answers to common questions, a selection of case studies, and useful resources for further reading. Particular emphasis is placed on the latest EU procurement directives, as well as ways in which procurement procedures can facilitate greater innovation.

“In a time of decreasing public budgets, innovation can facilitate the delivery of vital infrastructure and services. It is of the utmost importance, therefore, that public procurers can effectively engage in PPI. This guide will empower procurers to create a more efficient, sustainable and modern Europe.” said Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission. The total value of public procurement in the EU is estimated at €2 trillion per year – or about 19 percent of European GDP.

The document will be of interest to procurers, policy makers, consultants, private companies and others who have a stake in successful PPI. "Europe has an enormous and overlooked opportunity to spur innovation using procurement. Moreover, public procurement of innovative products and services are vital for improving the quality and efficiency of public services at a time of budget constraints. Through this guide, public procurers will be equipped with the necessary knowledge to effectively engage in PPI.” said Mark Hidson, Deputy Regional Director of ICLEI Europe, and coordinator of the PPI Platform project.

To view the guide, click here.

13th June 2014

Opportunities and strategies of low carbon public procurement in Genova

The first training course for public procurers organized by Ecosistemi in Italy was held in Genova between 21 and 22 March and was hosted by the Region of Liguria.

The training held by Livia Mazzà (first day) and Dana Vocino (second day) was attended by 30 persons.
The introductory session has been dedicated to deepening the strategic role of green public procurement in the European policies, highlighting the recent normative developments and the trends of the sector. In addition, the GPP dissemination and promotion actions in Liguria and the GPP initiatives implemented by the regional administration (through the Regional Procurement Agency) in the sectors of paper, stationery and IT products have been presented, thanks to the interventions of the representatives of the Region of Liguria (Gaetano Schena, Nadia Galluzzo and Enrico Clementi). Linda Fabianelli from the Regional Energy Agency presented the European project PRIMES with which GPP2020 can establish important synergies in the phases of support to the implementation and dissemination of low carbon tenders. The second morning session was dedicated to the planning strategies of low carbon acquisitions. An interactive simulation exercise has been proposed in order to enable the participants to focus the organization needs and priorities. The second part of the day was dedicated to the analysis of tenders with environmental criteria, the participants being divided in three working groups.

The second day has been entirely dedicated to the theme of low carbon procurement in the construction sector. An update concerning the development of the minimum environmental criteria from the GPP National Action Plan has been presented to the participants and they shared experiences and comments. Additionally, the participants have been informed on key technical references such as pricing, LCA software, examples of green tenders.

Check the training page to find out more about upcoming GPP 2020 trainings in your region.

9th July 2014

Webinar on procurement of low-carbon ICT

GPP 2020 invites you to join our webinar on procurement of low-carbon information and communication technologies (ICT). It will take place on Wednesday, 9 July 2014,14:00 – 15:30 European Summer Time (Berlin, GMT+02:00).


1.   Purchase of thin client computer systems, connected services and other IT equipment, Dr. Joerg Kretzer, Procurement Agency of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Germany

2.   Q&A

3.   EU GPP Revised Criteria Proposals (1st draft) of Office IT Equipment, Nicholas Dodd, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), Seville

4.   Q&A

Please register at the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1COKUJmzaKs87q6qjJ74yBMkcVTf2zrRaSt50E3sPRQM/viewform?usp=send_form



6th June 2014

Preparations for GPP 2020 trainings in Croatia

Hosted by UNDP Croatia and delivered by ICLEI, the first train the trainer seminar took place on 3 June 2014 addressed at staff working for procurement departments, professional academies, public training institutions, universities and consultants specialised in the field of providing training on public procurement. The event set common grounds for the GPP 2020 training series offering a rich space for discussion, exchange and testing of training methods related to low carbon procurement training seminars.

Participants enjoyed the good learning atmosphere, saying that "it was excellent. I got useful tips how to improve training delivery efficiently.". Further upcoming training events are posted here.

4th June 2014

GPP Trainers for Slovenia

On 20 May 2014 Umanotera organised a train the trainer seminar in Ljubljana that aimed to build up capacities in Slovenia in order to drive low-carbon and green public procurement. The training was delivered by expert trainer Philipp Tepper from ICLEI.
The morning session of the seminar focused on how to prepare a training seminar discussing and testing out important elements such as prior engagement with the attendees. Furthermore, how to deliver the training was discussed in-depth and finally tips and tricks how to wrap up and evaluate the training were given.
The second part of the training was dedicated to practical work with the GPP 2020 training materials and the use of the real and fictive tender models in order to evaluate them and propose low-carbon solutions.
The 16 participants of the seminar were existing and potential GPP 2020 trainers for Slovenia and mainly came from the governmental bodies.

30th May 2014

Tender database featuring more ICT tender models

The GPP 2020 tender database is growing with recently added tender models from the Ministry of Finance, Slovenia on printers, multifunctional devices and notebooks.

Read more about energy and CO2 savings as well as on the procurement process carried out here.

2nd June 2014

GPP 2020 at Energy Week Croatia

As part of the Energy Week which takes place in countries throughout the European Union, UNDP Croatia and Zagreb Holding ltd. organised a round table (using an interactive format where moderator pointed questions to the members of the panel) dedicated to Green Public Procurement including results from the GPP 2020 project. The roundtable was attended by representatives of ministries, public companies, organisations dealing with standards and verification in savings, as well as the agencies that are responsible for the distribution of funds in projects of energy efficiency and environmental protection. The conclusions adopted at the round table will serve as the basis for guideline programs and plans in the green public procurement to the Republic of Croatia which will bring Croatia closer to the countries with a high percentage of green public procurement, and thereby encourage the Croatian economy to increase competitiveness at the international market.

Panel members included Mrs. Marica Japundžić (Ministry of Economy), Mr. Mirko Vuković (Croatian Standard Institute), Mrs. Branka Pavčević-Novak (Ministry of environment and nature protection), Mrs. Maja Rajčić (Environmental and energy efficiency fund), Mr. Marinko Bašurić (Osječko-baranjska County), Mr. Ivan Markus (Zagreb Holding ltd.), Mr.Tomislav Marjanović (Croatian Energy Association), Mrs.Valentina Turkalj (Central Procurement Office).

26th May 2014

New tender model: low-carbon motorway exit

GPP 2020 partner Rijkswaterstaat (Netherlands) tendered a low-carbon motorway exit. The tendering method aimed at reducing CO2 emissions was successfully applied in a tender for an infrastructural work worth 5,000,000 EUR. Bidders were encouraged to offer a lean design and to apply innovative materials and working methods. Tendering followed the open procedure in combination with the most economical advantageous tender (MEAT approach).

Each tender issued by one of the GPP 2020 partners is documented as a tender model using a case study format. These tender models are easily accessible through our searchable tender database.

30th April 2014

Low-Carbon Procurement Training Materials available in 8 languages

The GPP 2020 consortium, under the lead of Ecoinstitut, has developed training materials for the implementation of low carbon procurement for public procurers and for trainers who wish to act as multipliers. These training packages are available in all eight project languages (German, Dutch, Croatian, Slovenian, Spanish, Catalan and Italian) and are tailor-made for each country. They specifically relate to the political and administrative conditions and offer answers to frequent doubts and problems resulting from these.

The training materials is available online for free in pdf format. However if users wish to alter and individualise these materials they can write to info(at)gpp2020.eu to receive changeable versions of this material. More information about the terms of use of the training packages can be found on the here.

7th April 2014

City of Helsinki joins GPP 2020 as associate partner

The Procurement Centre of the City of Helsinki (Finland) joined GPP 2020 as associate partner. Helsinki will tender for IT equipment and related services in Autumn 2014, using a framework contract worth several million Euros, The City, that also chairs the Procura+ Sustainable Procurement Campaign, will host one GPP 2020 event and will make any outcomes relevant to low-carbon procurement available for other interested public authorities across Europe.

Purchasing organisations and procurement training providers can get involved in GPP 2020 by becoming associate partners. Associate purchasing organisations commit to implementing low-carbon tenders for which they can benefit from free assistance from the GPP 2020 consortium. Associate procurement training providers can gain visibility by carrying out capacity building activities on low-carbon procurement, for instance by giving trainings.

For more information about becoming an associate partner visit: www.gpp2020.eu/about-gpp-2020/associate-partners/

6th March 2014

PCP training from ENIGMA project, 28 March, Brussels

The ENIGMA project aims to implement a joint transnational pre-commercial procurement (PCP) procedure in the field of public lighting. Coordinated by the city of Eindhoven, the project’s five partner municipalities (Eindhoven, Malmo, Stavanger, Espoo and Bassano del Grappa) are working together procuring an innovative solution, and testing the technologies that their commercial subcontractors develop in a real life environment.

This half day training session will include a presentation on the Legal framework of Pre-Commercial Procurement and will shed light on legal and IPR issues that may arise when running a pre-commercial procurement exercise. The session will give participants the opportunity to discuss how intellectual property rights are shared between the contracting authority and the businesses participating in a pre-commercial procurement, including where the legal responsibilities lie.

More information: www.enigma-project.eu/en/Events/Training-on-PCP-legal-and-IPR-issues/

3rd March 2014

Low carbon tender database launched and first case studies published

A core goal within the GPP 2020 project is to tender and contract low carbon products, works and services. Through these tenders CO2 eq emissions are reduced and a more energy efficient economy is encouraged. In order to achieve long term sustainability, the tenders need to be replicable for other local authorities interested in making their procurement greener. Therefore each tender issued by one of the GPP 2020 partners is documented as a tender model using a case study format. Furthermore, these tender models are easily accessible through our searchable tender database. With a tag cloud and an overview of the saved emissions, the tender database gives users an insight into how to set up smart tenders for more than 20 products, services or works covered within the GPP 2020 project.

Two tender models have been published so far: the German Federal Procurement Agency has purchased thin clients and the Catalan Government a fleet of vehicles. These case studies are now available in the tender database. Over the course of the project this will grow to over 100 cases. Keep your eyes open for more to come in the next weeks.

4th February 2014

Regione Liguria joins GPP 2020 as associate partner

As a GPP 2020 associate partner the region Liguria in Italy will explore the possibility of tendering energy-efficient lighting services, energy services and construction work as part of the regional Liguria GPPinfoNet. These tenders could contribute to GPP 2020’s overall carbon savings. Liguria will also try to host a GPP 2020 event and network with the project partners on a regular basis to exchange experiences and approaches as well as publish case studies on their GPP activities.

Purchasing organisations and procurement training providers can get involved in GPP 2020 by becoming associate partners. Associate purchasing organisations commit to implementing low-carbon tenders for which they can benefit from free assistance from the GPP 2020 consortium. Associate procurement training providers can gain visibility by carrying out capacity building activities on low-carbon procurement, for instance by giving trainings.

For more information about becoming an associate partner visit: http://www.gpp2020.eu/about-gpp-2020/associate-partners/

22nd January 2014

London installs LED lighting and reduces carbon emissions

As part of its energy-efficient lighting programme Transport for London (TfL) has procured 35,000 LED street lights which will increase visibility and security of the road network. Such a complex lighting systems needs an efficient control mechanism. TfL has awarded a contract to Harvard Engineering to install a wireless monitoring and control system. This will further increase energy-efficiency as it allows individually controlling lighting levels and assuring the quick replacement of broken lights.

Together these measures will reduce future carbon emissions by 9,700 tonnes annually and save an average of £1.85m once the system is fully implemented in 2016. Energy consumption is expected to fall by 40% in comparison to current levels.

Dana Skelley, director of asset management at TfL, commented, “The performance and cost effectiveness of energy efficient lighting has improved considerably over the last few years. Our aim is to provide assets fit for the future and this programme to upgrade lighting on the capital’s busiest roads is a simple, yet hugely effective, way to not only reduce carbon emissions, but to also reduce costs, whilst providing better lighting of our road network.”

For more information visit: http://www.traffictechnologytoday.com/news.php?NewsID=55493

10th December 2013

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


16th October 2013

Energy-efficient procurement with Buy Smart+

The Buy Smart+ Green Procurement in Europe project has the objective to increase the share of energy efficient procurement in Europe. To this end, the 18 European project partners offer advice and tools to procurers in private companies and public authorities.

Buy Smart+ looks at both green procurement in general and specific issues for different product groups: building components, green electricity, household appliances, lighting, office equipment and vehicles. A tool for calculating the life cycle cost provides the opportunity to identify synergies between environmental and economic benefits. Besides advice to procurement offices, public relations, evaluation of experiences and policy recommendations are part of the project.

As part of Buy Smart+ Green Procurement in Europe helpdesks have been established in 15 countries. These offer consultations, training, good practice and well-tested tools in the national language. This also includes technical guidelines on various product groups, life cycle cost calculators and training material.

A wider up-take of green procurement is promoted by consulting and training purchasers directly. Pilot projects build a critical mass of successful green procurement case studies. These success stories are communicated broadly.

Buy Smart+ is coordinated by Berlin Energy Agency (Germany) and is co-funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe programme of the European Commission. It will run until September 2014.

For more information visit www.buy-smart.info or contact:

Vanessa Schmidt
T: +49 (0) 30 29 33 30 - 63
E: v.schmidt(at)berliner-e-agentur.de

12th September 2013

Measuring the impact of low-carbon tenders

GPP 2020 aims to achieve substantial reductions in CO₂ emissions by implementing low-carbon tenders. To quantify the impact of these tenders, energy and CO₂ savings are calculated for each of these.

The savings are calculated by comparing emissions of ‘standard’ and previous tenders with those of the low-carbon tenders. While the methodology does not claim to represent the exact real-life savings, it offers an approximate estimation that serves to demonstrate the impact that can be achieved by including low-carbon criteria in public procurement. 

GPP 2020 low-carbon tenders need to take potential energy and CO₂ reductions into consideration straight from the beginning of the development of the tender. An initial calculation informs decision makers and procurers of the savings that can be achieved. Once the tender is awarded, all GPP 2020 low-carbon tenders are monitored and their impact is assessed by calculating the amount of energy and CO₂ savings the tender achieved. For legal reasons, the methodology cannot be applied during the award phase.

The exact methodology differs between different types of products, services and works and takes account of the specific country context. The methodology is currently being refined and more details will be published on the website once available.

11th September 2013

Shifting focus to the cause of IT energy usage

Great strides have been made to increase the energy efficiency of hardware, data center facilities, and network infrastructure. These Green IT initiatives aim to reduce energy-loss in
the supply chain from energy grid to computing devices. However, the demand for computation comes from software applications that perform business services. Therefore, to measure and improve efficiency for entire systems, energy-efficiency indicators are needed at the level of services.

Therefore, a consortium funded by NL Agency has designed an initial set of indicators for energy efficiency of e-services and has tested them on two e-government services of the Dutch national government. Energy indicators provide insight, and as a result, activities to lower the energy footprint can be quantified and evaluated. A side effect of working with these indicators is that it has already resulted in quick wins and indications for more structural improvements. This offers possibilities to save on hardware as well.



Example of service which varies its use of energy with its transaction level (blue line) and a service which does not (red line).


Due to this success more parties - public as well as commercial - have started to create energy footprints for their services. In the end this will provide benchmarks and will give procurers the possibility to ask for energy improvements of their services - saving tax payers money and the environment.

For more information, read the paper “Energy-efficiency indicators for e-Services” [pdf] or contact Joris Gresnigt, CSR Officer at Logius (Dutch government digital service) or the Software Improvement Group, energy-footprint(at)sig.eu.

10th September 2013

Dutch Green Deal raises ambitions for sustainable infrastructure

The Netherlands want to step up their sustainable innovation, energy savings and accomplish more with a lower budget in the railway and civil engineering sector. These are some of the goals set out in the Green Deal Grond-Weg-Waterbouw, which was signed by the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Department of Public Works and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat), the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Ministry of Defence, ProRail and 17 other parties this summer.

At the core of the Green Deal is the a working method called Aanpak Duurzaam GWW (Sustainability Approach for Civil Engineering). It offers room for sustainable innovation and ensures that matters such as energy savings, quality of life and scarcity of resources are incorporated at the earliest possible stage in project planning. Aanpak Duurzaam GWW offers resources and tools such as an ambition web or CO2 performance ladder that help to formulate and achieve ambitious sustainability targets. It is a joint initiative of principals, contractors and professional associations.

State Secretary Mansveld (Infrastructure and the Environment) said, “In this way, the chances for sustainable procurement are better utilised. I also challenge governments and companies to follow the example which is set by Green Deal, to come up with similar initiatives.”

By exploiting the opportunities each project offers, the Green Deal will help to harness maximum sustainability benefits. This could involve reduced maintenance, improved quality of life, safer solutions, energy savings, reduced CO₂ emissions, and more. It facilitates to weigh the pros and cons with regards to People, Planet and Profit. The broad range of partners in the Green Deal is expected to ensure contributions from all parties within their roles in projects and thereby accelerate a transition in the sector towards more sustainability. The Green Deal partners will also share their lessons learned mutually.

Currently, the biggest market players have signed up to the Green Deal and new registrations continue to come in. A second sign-up round will therefore take place this autumn.

More information: Green Deal (in Dutch)

9th September 2013

Meet the team

Hello and a warm welcome from the GPP 2020 project team to our new website! We are looking forward to the work ahead and are keen to give low-carbon procurement in Europe a good push! In the course of the project we will be implementing over 100 low-carbon tenders, organise training and networking events and build up GPP support structures in eight European countries.

The GPP 2020 consortium consists of 19 major purchasers and support bodies from Austria, Croatia, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain. The project is coordinated by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and supported by a procurement expert body from Sweden. For more details about the organisations involved, have a look at the partners section.

In addition, a number of purchasing organisations and procurement training providers have joined GPP 2020 as associate partners. Associate purchasing organisations commit to implementing low-carbon tenders for which they can benefit from free assistance from the GPP 2020 consortium. Associate procurement training providers can gain visibility by carrying out capacity building activities on low-carbon procurement, for instance by giving trainings. If you would like to explore opportunities to join as associate partner, please contact us.


The sole responsibility for the content of this publication lies with the GPP 2020 project consortium. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Union. Neither the EACI nor the European Commission are responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.