25 September 2012

Stakeholders to contribute to GPP criteria documents

Interested parties are invited to add comments and suggestions to documents preparing the ground for the revision of the Ecolabel criteria and Green Public Procurement (GPP) criteria for Textiles. The EU GPP textiles background report is now available for consultation, and comments are accepted until 24 October. Stakeholders are, however, urged to add their comments prior to a working group meeting on 27 September. The revised EU Ecolabel and GPP criteria will be based on the requirements addressed in the EU Ecolabel Regulation 66/2010 and Communication COM(2008) 400 "Public Procurement for a better Environment".

A second stakeholders meeting on the revision of the GPP criteria for Windows and External Doors will take place on 25 October in Brussels (Belgium). The meeting will focus on the presentation and discussion of the GPP criteria that have been revised on the basis of scientific research and previous stakeholder feedback. This is the last meeting for this product group before finalising the revised GPP criteria. Presentations and slides for the meeting are available online.

At present there is criteria for 18 product groups on the European Commission's Environment GPP webpage. These regularly updated criteria provide examples of subject matter, technical specifications, award criteria and contract performance clauses that may be used by public authorities across Europe to enhance GPP. Product groups include such diverse topics as transport, food & catering, cleaning products, services and electricity. The GPP helpdesk, which can be contacted at, welcomes enquiries in English, French, Spanish or German.

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