10 February 2015

Procurement platform helps reduce CO2 by over 70,000 tonnes

Public tenders published through the GPP 2020 project have saved the equivalent of over 72,300 tonnes of CO2 since the project began, more than the CO2 produced by 12,000 average European households each year. The project, co-funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe programme of the European Commission, is an online resource where low-carbon tenders are accessible to procurers and public authorities across a wide variety of topics, from the purchase of white goods to the leasing of green vehicles.

The savings are based on a comparison between emissions of previous, or standard, tenders and those of the new tenders that have been implemented by the purchasing partners of GPP 2020. To date, 18 tender models have been uploaded to the GPP 2020 website, outlining exactly how different councils across Europe have implemented low-carbon tenders. These models include procurement approaches and award criteria that can be implemented by other public authorities.

The project is working to support the European Union’s goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent, increasing the market share of renewable energy by 20 percent, and increasing energy efficiency by 20 percent by 2020. To achieve these goals, GPP 2020 will implement more than 100 low-carbon tenders and host capacity building trainings.

For more information, visit the GPP 2020 page.