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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
EU GPP case study: Construction of an energy-efficient kindergarten, Slovenia
Sixteen years ago, it was decided that appropriate measures would be taken to ensure that The Municipality of Preddvor, located in the north-western Alpine part of Slovenia, would become as energy independent as possible. As a result, Preddvor’s CO 2 emissions have decreased by nearly 40%. In order to take concrete steps towards energy self sufficiency, in May 2009 the Municipal Council made a decision to invest in a low-energy kindergarten facility. In November 2012, the first passive wooden kindergarten in Slovenia received permission for use. The new building received the Gold medal for “Most energy efficient public building” (awarded by EKO Fund, International Craft fair of Celje and My home edition).
English
Slovenia
Buildings and construction
Energy efficiency
European Commission - Directorate General Environment
2013
Energy-efficient Public Procurement:Best Practice in Program Delivery
This guide was developed with support from the SEAD Procurement Working Group and aims to assist all countries in the development and improvement of energy-efficient public procurement programs.
English
International
ICT (information and communication techn.), Transport and vehicles, Buildings and construction, Lighting
General GPP/SPP, Energy efficiency
Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) Initiative
2013
Buying sustainable forest products (paper & timber): environmentally and socially responsible good practices for public administrations and private companies
Spanish
Spain
Timber and forestry , Office stationery
COPADE
2012
Procuring innovative and sustainable construction - European public authority snapshots
This collection of best practice examples has been produced by the SCI-Network, Sustainable Construction and Innovation through Procurement. It is comprised by 40 real-life projects on innovative solutions within public construction works.
English
Europe/EU
Buildings and construction
Innovation procurement (PPI)
SCI-Network
2012
Sustainable Timber in Construction in Lorüns, Austria
Sustainable Timber Action - case study series
English
Europe/EU, Austria
Timber and forestry
Sustainable Timber Action
2013
The City of Bremen – Comprehensive sustainable timber procurement
Sustainable Timber Action - case study series
English
Europe/EU, Germany
Timber and forestry
Sustainable Timber Action
2013