30 May 2013

GPP 2020 project on low-carbon procurement kicks off in Freiburg

The GPP 2020 project kicked off in Freiburg (Germany) from 7 – 8 May 2013, with project partners from across Europe gathering and plunging right into work: reducing C02 emissions through Green Public Procurement (GPP). The consortium consists of major purchasing bodies and national support bodies, such as nongovernmental organisations or research centres, from Austria, Croatia, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain, as well as an expert organisation from Sweden. ICLEI is the project coordinator.

At the meeting, partners expressed a number of reasons for participating in GPP 2020, from “raising awareness amongst internal and external procurers” and “having effective tools and methodologies to incorporate energy efficiency criteria in GPP” to “harmonising EU-wide GPP approaches”. The aim of GPP 2020 is to build capacity on the implementation of energy-related GPP amongst public authorities and procurement training providers. Over the course of the three-year project, more than 750 participants will be reached out to. Furthermore, GPP 2020 will see over 100 GPP tenders implemented.

The project will contribute to the EU’s target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent, increase the share of renewable energy by 20 percent and increase energy efficiency by 20 percent by 2020. The GPP 2020 project is supported by the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme of the European Commission. To explore the possibility of becoming an associate partner in the project and receiving free assistance with your low-carbon tenders, contact the project coordinator Philipp Tepper at