13 September 2013

GPP 2020 to use low-carbon procurement to reach EU sustainability goals

GPP 2020 is a new EU-funded project that aims to cement green public procurement (GPP) across member states to make the EU’s goals of a 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, a 20 percent increase in the share of renewable energy and a 20 percent increase in energy efficiency a reality by 2020.

Although awareness of GPP has increased in recent years, the vast majority of public tenders in Europe still do not incorporate effective environmental criteria and do not result in the purchase of sustainable solutions. The GPP 2020 project will work in eight target countries (Austria, Croatia, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain) to mainstream practice across Europe.

To do so, the project will take the following actions. Project partners will implement more than 100 low-carbon tenders to achieve significant emission reduction immediately. The project will also organise training and networking events for procurers and procurement training providers on implementation of energy-related GPP, and enhance permanent GPP support structures in the target countries.

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