26 May 2015

Basque Country to build on past results in developing new GPP programme

The Basque Country (Spain) is developing a new Green Public Procurement (GPP) Programme that will make efficient GPP a core component within public organisations. An analysis of the results, strengths and weaknesses of the now expired 2011 - 2014 programme is ongoing, while consultation meetings with representatives of over 50 public organisations were held in the second half of 2014. The feedback derived from these activities will strongly influence the 2015 – 2020 programme.

Although results have yet to be fully analysed, it has been found that the 2011 – 2014 programme helped to make GPP part of the political discourse in the region, but fell short in terms of actual institutionalisation of GPP. At present, the overall level of green public procurement is around 30 percent of purchases. While the figure is impressive given the economic challenges faced in the 2011 - 2014 period, it also leaves room for growth.

The upcoming GPP Programme will include all public administrations in the region, rather than just the central government as was the case with the 2011 – 2014 iteration, and will see target specifications revised.

Existing support, training and market coordination activities will be maintained, and good practice examples will be highlighted where possible. The revised programme will be prepared by IHOBE, the Environment Agency of the Basque Government.

For more information, contact or download the Executive Summary.