New GPP guidance provides support to Irish procurers
Interview with Jane Kenneally, Inspector at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Ireland about the new GPP Guidance (source: GPP News-Alert No. 43, July 2014).
What barriers to GPP have been faced in Ireland to date?
Up until now, there has been little internal drive in Irish public sector organisations to carry out GPP. There was perhaps a lack of expertise in many organisations in regards to how to carry out GPP, and also a certain element of fear of the unknown.
How did the Green Procurement Guidance for the Public Sector come about?
In order to address some of these challenges, the EPA was requested to publish a guidance document to assist the public sector implement and maintain procedures for GPP.
What are the implications of the new Guidance in Ireland?
We hope that the Guidance will take some of the mystery out of GPP implementation. We understand that procurement can be complex and hope that the criteria in the guidance will be a useful aid for public procurers.
What do you see as the main opportunities for GPP in Ireland?
We hope that the Guidance will decouple the notion that buying green always costs more. The 2014 Procurement Directives have yet to be transposed in Ireland, therefore, the GPP guidance may assist and inform debate before the Directives are transposed.
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