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EU GPP case study: Greening internal finishings, University of Malta
Using greener materials for the internal finishing of a new building for the University of Malta recently involved tendering for goods including ceramic floor tiles, gypsum wall panels, window frames and paint works. The environmental criteria were based on a number of the EU GPP criteria – such as those available for hard floor coverings, wall panels and construction. The experience proved successful in terms of the market’s readiness to supply the products required without any problems. The results, however, have greater implications for the University’s GPP activities in general. Although experiences in GPP have been fairly limited, the University has come to recognise that the inclusion of green criteria in procurement does not necessarily translate into higher costs – which were previously perceived to be a hindrance to carrying out GPP. One of the most important developments in the framework of this project is the improved contact the University now has with the Ministry for Sustainable Development, Environment and Climate Change.
English
Malta
Buildings and construction
European Commission - Directorate General Environment
2013
EU GPP case study: Environmentally friendly dairy products for Austria
Austria’s Federal Procurement Agency (BBG) set up a national framework contract for dairy products to supply around 350 kitchens in public organisations. Market analysis was conducted before tendering and the BBG set up working groups to decide upon the food criteria. Early market engagement activities included holding discussions with dairy producers and associations. Procurement objectives included; the consideration of organic and non-GM products, the inclusion of smaller dairy producers from the region and value for money. The contract was divided into lots and criteria aimed to encourage more natural food production methods. It was specified that 15% of listed items must be of organic origin and the most basic of the dairy products were required to comply with Austria’s action plan on sustainable procurement. 10% of the award criteria was weighted on the quantity of non-GMO products and as a result the current contract now provides 90% GMO-free goods. Contractors are also required to have and maintain an IFS certification or equivalent.
English
Austria
Food and catering
European Commission - Directorate General Environment
2013
EU GPP case study: Environmental requirements for print products for Cognac (France)
The Municipality of Cognac decided to use overarching sustainable development criteria as part of its new print strategy, which involved the consolidation of all printed services. Cognac is part of Reseau Grand Ouest (RGO), a cross-sectoral network of organisations committed to driving sustainable development through public procurement. The sustainable development criteria used as part of this tender process were put together in collaboration with other members of RGO. Those tendering for the eight lots under the framework agreement for print services were awarded for offering materials which are printed on recycled paper, or derived from forests certified as being sustainably managed. Points were also available for using vegetable-based inks, which are non-toxic to humans and the environment. The sustainability criteria have been fulfilled by the successful bidders at no extra cost to the municipality, in fact the consolidation of the print orders has reduced costs significantly, as well as the frequency of deliveries of printed materials.
English
France
Office stationery
Ecolabels, ,
European Commission - Directorate General Environment
2013
EU GPP case study: Västra Götaland’s public buildings & offices improved by GPP
With an annual procurement budget of 10 million euro for furniture alone, the Swedish Region of Västra Götaland (VGR) is one of the country’s most significant purchasers. Its sustainability demands are therefore very influential on the market, which has responded positively over the years by developing new prototypes to meet accessibility and environmental needs (following eco-label requirements). VGR has been working with manufacturers and suppliers from the furniture and interiors sector since 2002 on improving sustainability requirements. This has resulted in the development of the Green List – a purchasing list in the form of a product catalogue presenting products that meet specific eco-label requirements. The approach has been widely consulted across Sweden and is in use by other municipalities in the Västra Götaland region. It has also served to boost knowledge and green ambitions in the furniture industry, and has played a strong role in advancing the environmental maturity of the market in Sweden. In 2012, VGR met their target of more than 50% of their volume of furniture purchases stemming from the Green List.
English
Sweden
Furniture
Ecolabels,
European Commission - Directorate General Environment
2013
EU GPP case study: Green stationery supplies for the Brussels-Capital Region (Belgium)
The idea behind this stationery framework contract was to allow all departments and agencies in the Brussels-Capital Region to access what they needed through an in-house store, which includes the supply of green products. The in-house store has 150 items that are kept permanently on stock; other items can be ordered via the framework contract using a catalogue. A 40% discount on the listed price is given to all orders made from organisations participating in the framework contract. Numerous green criteria were incorporated into the tendering process – this included the subject matter, technical specifications and award criteria (40 percent weighting was given to environmental quality). Following ten months of operation, the store has 27 associated organisations (including regional and municipal bodies) using it, out of a possible 57 organisations. The store has sold €190,000 worth of stationery until now and 56 percent of the items sold were green.
English
Belgium
Office stationery
European Commission - Directorate General Environment
2013
EU GPP case study: Low carbon waste collection services in Bristol (UK)
The City of Bristol has recently been awarded the European Green Capital Award 2015 for a number of measures including consistently reducing CO 2 e emissions since 2005. In 2011, Bristol let a service contract for the collection of municipal waste and winter road maintenance around the City including the provision of vehicles, staff and depots, road and footpath gritting, snow ploughing and communication with the public. The market changed considerably throughout the previous ten year contract, so it was considered important to use the tender to drive economic and environmental improvements. Pre-qualified bidders participated in a competitive dialogue procedure to identify the best of a variety of approaches to improving recycling rates and reducing transport related emissions. One aim of the contract was to reduce emissions by 720 tonnes per annum. The winning bidder offered CO 2 e reduction of 32%, exceeding the Council’s target of 25%. Best estimates for carbon savings are currently 12% for the first year of the contract. Another objective was to increase recycling rates and the 50% target set by the City has been achieved a year ahead of schedule.
English
United Kingdom
Transport and vehicles
2013
EU GPP case study: Electricity from 100% renewable sources for Turku (Finland)
Despite the City of Turku’s ambitious plans of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per capita by 2020 by 30%, compared to 1990 levels, a rise in population resulted in a peak in emissions levels at the turn of the millennium. As a result, the City Council decided to set its procurement of electricity on a new course, sourcing all their requirements from renewable energy. Turku’s new contract – covering all electricity the City purchases – began in 2013. An interesting result of the tendering process was that the green electricity requirement had a minor impact on the purchase price, thus encouraging the city to continue seeking green procurement. Its electricity is now produced from 100% certified renewable sources. Turku's GHG emissions are expected to decrease by 31,000 tonnes a year (2% of total emissions). In terms of the origin, a large proportion of the electricity provided under the contract is generated by hydropower, but part of the mix used by the energy company also includes wind and biomass.
English
Finland
Energy
European Commission - Directorate General Environment
2013
EU GPP case study: Greener waste collection services, Malta
WasteServ is an important stakeholder in the management of waste in Malta. Amongst other responsibilities, the state-owned company collects various items of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) from civic amenity sites. This requires regular procurement of waste transport and management services. Since the introduction of GPP in Malta, WasteServ have incorporated GPP criteria for transportation of WEEE into several tenders – something which previously was not done. Bidders are asked to ensure that all vehicles are equipped with engines meeting EURO IV or better standards (EURO V or VI). The results have shown that most bidders have not had a problem meeting the EURO IV requirements; some offer to invest in upgrading their fleets and bid in subsequent tenders. This demonstrates that the inclusion of green criteria in tenders issued by WasteServ in this area serves to send a strong signal to the market about its increasingly ambitious environmental requirements.
English
Malta
Transport and vehicles
European Commission - Directorate General Environment
2013
EU GPP case study: Sustainable procurement of office materials in Ghent (Belgium)
Addressing supplies of paper and other office materials is one of Ghent’s most recent endeavours on sustainable procurement, with a new framework contract set to begin in January 2014. By claiming or preferring sustainable products and methods, Ghent has created awareness in paper and office supplies around these topics, reaching suppliers (potential and current) and city employees. Moreover, once the contract begins, the number of deliveries of office supplies will be reduced by 85%, by reducing ordering and thus delivery frequency from daily to twice a month, or monthly. The new contract will see the City make better strategic use of its purchasing power, which will result in improvements for several of its municipal departments - both in terms of environmental sustainability, and resource efficiency.
English
Belgium
Office stationery
European Commission - Directorate General Environment
2013