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EU GPP case study: Green Cleaning Products in Luxembourg
The City of Luxembourg wished to create a healthier living environment for its citizens and developed an action plan to set out how this could be achieved. As part of this process, existing cleaning products were analysed to test for harmful substances, the majority of which contained at least one. The City recognised that using low environmental impact cleaning products in its public buildings was one way of achieving their environmental goals, in a cost-effective way. In 2013, the City published a tender for cleaning products and services for municipal theatres. Luxembourg’s Environmental Protection Office provided the technical specifications, which included a list of hazardous substances which the bidders were banned from offering, and a second list of substances for which the bidder would receive points, if their products contained less than a certain amount. Each bidder was requested to supply samples of every proposed cleaning product, so that tests could be carried out to ensure banned substances were not present. They were also required to submit new products with at least one month’s notice. In addition, Luxembourg reserved the right to carry out random testing of products being used.
English
Luxembourg
Cleaning
European Commission - Directorate General Environment
2014