In Hungary, the Act on Public Procurement (PP Act) has for long provided for the possibility of green public procurement (GPP). Nevertheless, the number of public procurement procedures that would fit the GPP criteria has been very small.
The amended PP Act of 2011 emphasises the need for GPP by calling upon the government to issue a decree on green public procurement. A draft decree has been published so far, the final version is not in effect yet.
The National Energy Efficiency Action Plan and the National Renewable Energy Utilisation Action Plan aim to put the “20-20-20” targets into strategic measures. Both programs involve the public sector, which should set an example in working towards these goals. This is why the energy consumption of public buildings and public procurement policies in general are target areas of energy efficiency.
Similar to other countries in Central Eastern Europe Hungary faces the problem of an outworn building stock resulting in high CO2 emissions and high energy-bills in public buildings. The Second National Energy Efficiency Action Plan set up ambitious targets for the public sector to invest in reconstruction of this old building stock and provide examples to follow for the residential sector. Increased effort is needed to ensure that public purchasing procedures take into account energy efficiency criteria, mainly because especially in case of new buildings or building renovations the energy efficiency approach has to be present already in the planning phase.