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Public Procurement of Energy Efficient Products - Lessons from Around the World
The public sector represents a strategically important market for energy efficient goods and services. As a big and visible consumer, actions taken by a government to improve their energy efficiency (EE) can strongly influence its citizens.

This report assesses global experiences with energy efficient purchasing (EEP) as a tool to help governments improve the efficiency of their facilities and public services. Many government jurisdictions—countries, states/provinces, and local governments—are adopting policies that require or encourage the procurement of energy efficient products by public agencies.
English
International
ICT (information and communication techn.), Lighting
Energy efficiency
Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP)
2012
Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament and the European Economic and Social Committee: Contributing to Sustainable Development: The role of Fair Trade and nongovernmental trade-related sustainability assurance schemes
This Communication examines the current situation of Fair Trade and other nongovernmental (i.e. private) trade-related sustainability assurance schemes.
English
Europe/EU
Fair trade
European Commission
Malta - GPP National Action Plan
National Action Plan for 2011-2014. This document contains an overview of GPP actions in Malta since 2007 along with an expenditure analysis showing levels of GPP implementation for different product and service groups. Key developments at EU level are analysed and the concepts of LCC and carbon footprinting. Targets for compliance with the EU core GPP standards, ranging from 100% (for seven product and service groups) to 30% (for eleven groups).
Malta
Food and catering, Textiles, ICT (information and communication techn.), Transport and vehicles, Energy, Cleaning, Timber and forestry , Buildings and construction, Lighting, Office stationery, Green spaces, Furniture
General GPP/SPP
Office of the Prime Minister, Malta
2011
Alliance for Sustainable Procurement Report of the Ministry for Economy and Technology to the Head of the Councillors Office, 22 October 2012
This is the annual report on achievements at the federal level to implement Sustainable Procurement in Germany.
German
Germany
Textiles, Transport and vehicles, Buildings and construction
General GPP/SPP, , Ecolabels, Energy efficiency, , ,
2012
Sustainable Procurement: the power of public and private consumption for a green and inclusive economy
A Brazilian guide to SPP aimed at public procurers but also SMEs and the general public.
Portuguese
Brazil
General GPP/SPP
Programa Gestão Pública e Cidadania
2012
Buy Smart+: Green Procurement for Smart Purchasing
The project Buy Smart+ provides free consultation and information material on green procurement and is follow-up project to Buy Smart.

The central strategic objective of the project is to increase the share of energy efficient procurement in Europe. This will lead to a higher market impact and therefore support the production and the use of energy efficient goods and services.

The project is addressed to both private companies and public authorities. Aside from answering general questions we offer procurement tools for the product groups building components, green electricity, household appliances, lighting, office equipment and vehicles.
English
Europe/EU
Food and catering, ICT (information and communication techn.), Transport and vehicles, Energy, Cleaning, Buildings and construction, Lighting
General GPP/SPP,
2012
Commande Publique & Développement Durable
A collection of policies and case studies from 10 districts in France.
French
France
General GPP/SPP
Procurement, Innovation & Green Growth: the story continues
This report builds on the existing body of work that supports the case for green public procurement, to further identify the linkages between procurement and green growth and discuss the enabling environment that would see public procurement serve as a trigger for green industrial innovation, expansion and growth.
What follows is a brief discussion on the role of procurement within the green growth paradigm, where an introduction to key concepts is followed by feature case studies that present the varying experiences of industry and the public sector in applying procurement to achieve green growth aims. Finally, the paper concludes by offering observations on possible implications for policy and areas where further investigation is required to enable procurement to serve as a more potent trigger for green innovation and growth.
English
International
ICT (information and communication techn.), Transport and vehicles, Energy, Buildings and construction, Lighting, Office stationery, Infrastructure
General GPP/SPP, Innovation procurement (PPI) ,
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
2012
Strategy Model for Green Procurement
The model defines the 10 action areas to progress in the implementation of GPP and three levels of progression to achieve excellence in the field. The strategy is a flexible framework, similar to the UK’s, to assess the starting point and define actions to improve implementation of the GPP.
Spanish
Spain
General GPP/SPP
Ihobe
Basque Government Agreement for Sustainable Procurement (2008)
Agreement adopted by the Governing Council in 2008 on including social, environmental and other sustainable aspects in procurement policies of the Basque Government and the regional authorities.
Basque, Spanish
Spain
General GPP/SPP,
Basque Government
2008
Green Public Procurement Program 2011-2014
Developed for departments and public companies of the Basque Government, this document sets out the goals of including environmental criteria in procurement and contracting of certain product groups made by.
Spanish
Spain
General GPP/SPP,
Basque Government
2011
Italian national action plan on GPP
The Italian NAP on GPP presents targets and priority procurement areas. It also outlines an approach for the development of minimum GPP criteria.
English, Italian
Italy
General GPP/SPP
2008