February 2015


2nd Newsletter

Welcome to the second edition of Green ProcA´s new semi-annual electronic newsletter for purchasers in public institutions and political decision makers. The newsletter will provide information on the project’s objectives and actions, best practice, tools and events, as well as on the experiences gathered in the field of green procurement.


Green ProcA

Green ProcA - Green Public Procurement in Action - builds upon the results of the precursor project Buy Smart+. Its main objective is the promotion of Green Public Procurement with public authorities as the main target group. The project primarily focusses on signatories of the Covenant of Mayors (CoM) addressing Green Procurement in their Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAP). Furthermore, local authorities that are on the brink of becoming a CoM signatory or have other voluntary targets for enhancing energy efficiency or reducing CO2 emissions may also qualify for receiving support from Green ProcA.

The project offers:

• Information for purchasers

• Free consultation and training sessions

• International Award

In addition, Green ProcA will collaborate with international network representatives from the public sector, for example the Covenant of Mayors Office, local authority networks and associations as well as e-procurement platforms.

Please visit our national sub-sites for specific information: www.gpp-proca.eu



21 January 2015
Purchasing groups help to buy cheaper
Joint procurement helps to achieve better prices. This was discovered by Swiss alpine rail operators according to a report in the Swiss newspaper, the Neue Zürcher Zeitung. They had found that providers from abroad offered their products in Switzerland at a much higher price than in their own countries because they attempted to benefit from the high Swiss price level.

In 2012, when the Euro was weak for the first time, the alpine rail operators formed a purchasing group. They now receive products an average of 15 or 20% cheaper. In some cases, savings  of up to 60 percent are even possible. According to the newspaper, it was not always easy for the management to enforce the centralization of procurement as some close relationships between purchasers and suppliers had to be cut. Some of these relationships might have been “too close,” the newspaper writes discreetly.

Read more (German only)


15 January 2015
“Clean Fleets” releases new guide and life-cycle cost tool for clean vehicle procurement

The “Clean Fleets” project assists public authorities and fleet operators with the implementation of the Clean Vehicles Directive and the procurement or leasing of clean and energy-efficient vehicles.
The project aims to accelerate a broad market introduction of vehicles with higher energy and environmental standards and thereby reduce energy consumption, noise, CO2, and pollutant emissions.

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08 January 2015
Training, promotion and local implementation assistance on PCP and PPI
DG CONNECT has appointed experts to provide training, promotion and local assistance on PCP and PPI (including legal assistance) across all EU Member States to ICT procurers that intend to start concrete PCP and PPI procurements.

Read more


17 December 2014
PICSE offers public procurers support in purchasing cloud computing services
PICSE (Procurement Innovation for Cloud Services in Europe) is a brand new initiative funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme to raise awareness of procurement of cloud services for the public sector.

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27 November 2014
“TCO Certified” now part of German federal criteria for sustainable IT procurement
The Office for Procurement of the German Ministry of the Interior has integrated the label TCO Certified into the newly established code of conduct. TCO Development announced this end of November in Stockholm.

The code of conduct addresses public procurers at the federal, state and local level. It can be used when bidding for IT hardware and IT services. The aim is to integrate social standards into IT production and to insist on compliance with standards set by the International Labour Organization (ILO). These standards are part of the TCO certification process. For the first time, procurers now have the opportunity to inspect the conditions of work on-site.

“Germany is the largest economy in the EU and is a leading force for environmental change. The decision to include social standards in IT manufacturing is a significant next step that will further advance progress toward sustainability targets,” says Niclas Rydell, Director of Certification, TCO Development.

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20 November 2014
Innovation Procurement initiatives around Europe
To facilitate experience sharing around Europe, a list of innovation procurement initiatives has been made available online. Further information about experiences in your country is welcome.

See the list


27 October 2014
A long way to go for green procurement for hospitals
More than half (54%) of hospitals in the US, France, Germany, Brazil and Japan incorporate sustainability into purchasing decisions and 80% expect that to be the case within 2 years. This is the result of research commissioned by the pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson. Their study surveyed 329 procurement/materials managers, doctors, nurses and hospital executives.

About 8 out of 10 respondents (78%) said sustainable products help protect hospital staff and 7 in 10 (69%) said they make good financial sense; more than half (60%) said ‘green initiatives’ are an important factor for patients when choosing a hospital and that they help improve health outcomes (55%).

Although two thirds of the procurers in hospitals underlined that green procurement makes business sense. Some 80% named the costs for the implementation of green procurement as a main obstacle. Only 22% of the hospitals have an Environmental Purchasing Policy. More than 90% of procurers required lower prices for sustainable products and more information on sustainability benefits.

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10 October 2014
GPP criteria for Waste Water Infrastructure now available in all EU languages
Cohesion policy provides significant financial support to Member States and regions in order to invest in waste water treatment infrastructures. In the 2007-2013 programme period, about €14.4 billion was planned to co-fund related projects. Significant funding was already invested in this area in the previous cohesion policy programme period. In order to increase the environmental benefits of this infrastructure, the Green Public Procurement criteria on waste water infrastructure have been developed with a specific focus on reducing the costs of these installations over their lifetime. These criteria could, in particular and where relevant, help public authorities building or upgrading their waste water infrastructure in the 2014-2020 cohesion policy programme period.

The EU GPP criteria for Waste Water Infrastructure, developed in 2013 by DG REGIO in cooperation with DG Environment, are now available in 23 languages here.

The European Commission (2014, October). European Commission: GPP Latest News; Retrieved from http://ec.europa.eu/environment/gpp/index_en.htm


10 October 2014
New GPP criteria for the Health Care Sector available in all EU languages
In June 2014, the Commission published new EU GPP criteria for Electrical and Electronic Equipment used in the Health Care Sector, along with an accompanying Technical Background Report. The criteria have been developed by the Swedish Environmental Management Council SEMCo together with DG Environment and the intense cooperation of a broad range of stakeholders from industry, procurement, the NGO sector, health care and academia. These voluntary criteria include requirements for 20 product groups consisting of different types of energy-intensive equipment used in hospitals and medical facilities such as MRI scanners, ultra-sound machines and autoclaves.

Their main focus is on energy efficiency as it represents the biggest environmental impact with very significant savings potentials. The criteria, however, also look at other aspects, including the training of staff and the management of chemicals. In the process, test protocols (where missing) have been developed to enable procurers to compare products’ energy use. This allows the identification of the best tender according to economic and environmental requirements while ensuring the safety and welfare of patients as well as that of medical staff, technicians and maintenance personnel.

The criteria are now available in all EU languages.

The European Commission (2014, September). European Commission: GPP Latest News; Retrieved from http://ec.europa.eu/environment/gpp/index_en.htm




13 February | Valencia, Spain
The 2nd European Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition Conference


13 February 2015 | Rome, Italy
European Commission Single Market Forum


26 - 28 February 2015 | Wels, Austria
World Sustainable Energy Days


16 March 2015 | London, United Kingdom
ISEAL interactive workshop


18 March 2015 | Brussels, Belgium
Plugging the Sustainability Gap
Boosting the Electric Vehicle Market in Europe



18 – 20 March 2015 | Paris, France
Ecobat 2015
http://www.salon-ecobat.com  (French only)


23 – 24 March 2015 | Brussels, Belgium
EPPPL Conference 2015
Latest Developments in EU Public Procurement and Concessions Law


09 – 12 April 2015 | Stuttgart, Germany
International exhibition focusing on fair trade and globally responsible trade and activities


18 – 19 May 2015 | Brussels, Belgium
Intensive Workshop: Fraud and Corruption in Public Procurement


19 May 2015 | Berlin, Germany
ISEAL interactive workshop


20 - 22 Mai 2015 | Berlin, Germany
Metropolitan Solutions 2015



Berliner Energieagentur GmbH
Project coordinator
Saphir Robert
Tel.: +49-30-293330-606


Climate Alliance
Public relations
Andreas Kress
Tel: +49-69-717139-33


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