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New GPP brochure and translated Buying Green! Handbook provide sustainable guidance

16 October 2012

Since January 2010, the European Commission has developed examples of GPP in practice to illustrate how European public authorities have successfully launched ‘green’ tenders. The examples illustrate the purchasing of a range of product categories across Europe and provide guidance for others who wish to do the same.

The new “GPP brochure of good practice examples” presents some of the most interesting examples collected over the years. It highlights actions that have been undertaken by public authorities to implement GPP in public contracts. Varied in scope, the case studies topics range from organic food procurement in schools to purchasing sustainable uniforms for the military. The brochure is available free of charge from the GPP website.

Buying Green!, the European Commission’s main guidance document to help public authorities buy goods and services with a lower environmental impact, is now available in 22 languages. The document contains guidance on how environmental considerations can be included at each stage of the procurement process, and provides sector-specific GPP approaches for buildings, food and catering services, electricity and timber, and more.

To view the GPP brochure of good practice examples, click here. To view the Buying Green! Handbook, click here.