eNewsletter not displaying correctly? View it in your browser

GPP 2020 e-News | February 2014

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

Since our last newsletter the GPP 2020 project has kick started low carbon procurement training sessions and the project partners have awarded their first low carbon tenders, achieving already over 5,000 toe of energy and close to 30,000 t of CO2 eq emissions savings (equivalent to the annual emissions of over 2,000 European households).
Below you can read about the latest developments within GPP 2020 and about other recent initiatives to make green public procurement energy efficient and climate friendly.

Feel free to forward this newsletter to interested colleagues.


    1. Case studies published and low carbon tender database launched
    2. Low-Carbon Procurement Training Materials available in 8 languages
    3. Croatian procurers get ready for GPP and more European training to come
    4. Assessing low carbon construction: tendering a motorway exit near Eindhoven, The Netherlands
    5. GPP 2020 carbon and energy savings calculators are now online
    6. Regione Liguria joins GPP 2020 as associate partner
    7. New GPP projects: PRIMES and PROBIS
    8. Join us!
    9. Events


Case studies published and low carbon tender database launched

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.

low-carbon procurement

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@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 website.

Croatian procurers get ready for GPP and more European training to come

Delivered by ICLEI and organised by UNDP Croatia, 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 costs (LCC) and CO2 emissions.
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.

More training for procurers and trainers is scheduled for the upcoming months. The latest dates and topics can be found on the website.

Assessing low carbon construction: tendering a motorway exit near Eindhoven, The Netherlands

GPP 2020 partner Rijkswaterstaat uses a new approach in the tendering of civil infrastructural works. The tendering approach is specifically developed to ensure that bids that aim for lower CO2 emissions and high environmental quality are preferred. To this end Rijkswaterstaat uses the most economically advantageous tender (MEAT) procedure as a tool to select: a) the bidder with an energy efficient working process, and b) the bidder who also offers the product with the lowest environmental costs indicator value (ECI Value). In this case the tender included the design and construction of an exit of the A67 near Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

Rijkswaterstaat favours bidders that organise their working processes efficiently in the tender by deducting a fictional amount of money from the bidding price. The greater the efforts to reduce CO2 emissions, the higher the deduction. The tool by which the pricing of the benefit is determined is called the CO2 Performance Ladder.
Rijkswaterstaat also favours the bidder that offers the product with the lowest environmental impact of materials and working methods by deducting a fictional amount of money from the bidding price. The lower the environmental impact, the higher the deduction. The tool to calculate the deduction is a software instrument called DuboCalc and is based on a life cycle analyses (LCA) of all materials involved. The result of this DuboCalc calculation is expressed in “environmental costs indicator units”, the ECI Value.

Emissions reductions for the motorway exit of the A67 near Eindhoven:

  • The calculated ECI Value for the reference design is 240.000 for a design life time of 50 years. This equals a CO2 emission equivalent of 2.100 tonnes.
  • The winner offered in their bid an ECI Value of 144.000, which equals 1.280 tonnes of CO2 emission.
  • The new procurement method yielded 820 tonnes less emission equivalent of CO2 over a period of 50 years

For a detailed overview of the tendering methodology, see tinyurl.com/n39ee94

GPP 2020 carbon and energy savings calculators are now online

GPP 2020 calculates energy and CO2 reductions over the whole life cycle of products, services and works. The CO2 savings are based on a comparison between emissions of previous or ‘standard’ tenders and those of the new tenders that have been implemented by the purchasing partners of GPP 2020.
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.
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.

For replications purposes the GPP 2020 consortium has developed specific calculators for energy contracting, office ICT and vehicles which can be downloaded from the website for free.

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.

For more information about becoming an associate partner visit the website.

New GPP projects

PRIMES - Procurement in Municipalities focusing on Energy Efficient Solutions

A new European project has been launched, also aimed at the widespread promotion of GPP across the EU. The PRIMES project (Procurement in Municipalities focusing on Energy Efficient Solutions), also funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe programme, is working with regional energy agencies in five EU countries to help support local municipalities in preparing GPP tenders. A training programme will also be undertaken.

Co-ordinated by the Danish municipality of Holbaek, the project has activities in Denmark, Sweden, France, Italy, Latvia and Croatia. GPP 2020 partners ICLEI and UNDP Croatia are also involved in the PRIMES consortium to ensure that the two projects can generate synergies. Regular news about the PRIMES project will included within this newsletter.

For more information contact simon.clement@iclei.org

European project PROBIS for innovative public procurement

This project, which consists of a consortium of 10 partners, will increase the innovation and development of sustainable construction in Europe.
One of the priorities is the establishment of framework conditions for the introduction of innovative solutions in the construction sector in Europe. For this, in the framework of the PROBIS project, 4 pilot projects of innovative public procurement will be carried out in Italy, Sweden and Hungary. The activities to be realised in these projects include the identification of specific needs of buildings, technical dialogue, calls, as well as the implementation and monitoring of results. The innovative character of the proposed solutions and their relevance for other Member States will be demonstrated.
The organisation of working meetings in each one of the five participating regions is foreseen, with market actors from the construction sector and innovative solutions from this sector. In this way, the project wants to map innovation in the construction sector, with solutions that can be implemented in pilot projects.

For more information contact simon.clement@iclei.org


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.



13 March 2014
Ljubljana | Slovenia
How to Achieve Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings: Green public procurement and integration into sustainable criteria for building assessment
Interested professionals are invited to participate in this free International Conference where a number of concrete ideas and solutions to how public buildings can set an example in the field of energy rehabilitation, mainly by defining the methods and systems for sustainable assessment of buildings will be presented and discussed.

More information: www.umanotera.org/upload/files/Umanotera_vabilo_CEC5_ANG_kor6.pdf

25-26 March 2014
London | United Kingdom
Workshop #2 on Clean Bus Procurement
The Clean Fleets project is presenting the second in a series of four European workshops on procurement of clean and energy-efficient vehicles. The workshop, which aims to bring together procurement practitioners from across Europe to exchange policy, practice and learning from each other’s experiences will be hosted by Clean Fleet project partner Transport for London (TfL) at London’s Royal Victoria Docks, E16 1GB.

More information: www.clean-fleets.eu/training-and-events/workshop-london/

28 March 2014
Brussels | Belgium
ENIGMA – Enlightenment and Innovation ensured through Pre-Commercial Procurement in Cities
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/

24-26 September 2014
Ghent | Belgium
EcoProcura 2014 Sustainability, innovation and cost efficiency: taking procurement forward
The EcoProcura 2014 conference is targeted to procurers from all levels of government, policy-makers, business, suppliers, manufacturers, multipliers and representatives from the European Commission and European Parliament, the conference will have the theme of examining sustainable public procurement from the perspective of cost-efficiency.

More information: www.ecoprocura.eu/ghent2014/