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GPP 2020 e-News | September 2013

Welcome to the first issue of the GPP 2020 bi-annual e-newsletter! 

GPP 2020 is a new EU-funded project that aims to mainstream low-carbon procurement across Europe. To this end, GPP 2020 will implement more than 100 low-carbon tenders, which will directly result in substantial CO₂ savings. Moreover, GPP 2020 is running a capacity building programme that includes trainings and exchange.

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  1. Introducing GPP 2020
  2. Low-carbon tenders
  3. Join us!
  4. Events


Introducing GPP 2020

In recent years, awareness of green public procurement (GPP) has increased considerably. Tools, guidance and GPP criteria are now widely available in many countries. Yet, the vast majority of public tenders in Europe still do not incorporate effective environmental criteria and do not result in the purchase of sustainable solutions.

GPP 2020 aims to mainstream low-carbon procurement across Europe through the following activities:

  • Project partners will implement more than 100 low-carbon tenders to achieve a significant amount of CO₂ emission reductions immediately
  • Training and networking events - both for procurers and procurement training providers - on the implementation of energy-related GPP in Austria, Croatia, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain
  • Enhancing permanent GPP support structures such as helpdesks in the same eight target countries: Austria, Croatia, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain

Through this, GPP 2020 will contribute to the EU’s target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent, increase the share of renewable energy by 20 percent and increase energy efficiency by 20 percent by 2020.  

The GPP 2020 consortium consists of 19 partners plus six additional purchasing organisations in Croatia . It brings together 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.

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Low-carbon tenders

Over the course of three years, GPP 2020 will implement more than 100 low-carbon tenders to achieve massive CO₂ emission reductions. These will be designed to achieve substantial reductions in CO₂ emissions but also to serve as examples to inspire other public authorities to follow suit.  

To demonstrate the impact that can be achieved by including low-carbon criteria in public procurement, 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. Details about the contract, the procurement approach, results and lessons learned will be summarised for each tender and published on the GPP 2020 website. For 2013, a number of tenders are already lined up, for example:

  • Thin clients
    Federal Procurement Agency (BeschA), Germany | autumn ‘13
  • Refrigerators
    Federal Procurement Agency (BBG), Austria | October ‘13
  • Electricity
    Ministry of Finance, Slovenia | autumn ‘13
  • LED street lighting
    Oeste CIM, Portugal | second half of ‘13
  • Six major infrastructure projects, e.g. reconstruction of Seaport Ijmond
    Rijkswaterstaat, Netherlands | winter ‘13
  • Biomass heat supply
    Catalan Energy Institute (ICAEN), Spain | winter ‘13

Find more information on our low-carbon tenders page.


Join us!

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, visit the associate partners page or contact us at info@gpp2020.eu.



7-10 October 2013
Brussels | Belgium
Open Days – European Week of Regions and Cities
Within the framework of this four-day event, DG Environment will present current best practices of GPP in the European Union. Read more.

30-31 October 2013
Milan| Italy
Forum CompraVerde - BuyGreen
CompraVerde is the number one event on Green Procurement in Italy. It offers one-to-one meetings between public and private buyers, enterprises and other stakeholders, high-level training on green public procurement, a rich cultural programme and an awards ceremony recognising public and private actors committed to green procurement. Read more (in Italian).