Overcoming the barriers of green public procurement

The PRIMES project helped the procurers in six European countries to draw up more than 100 GPP tenders. This article summarizes lessons learned from the project and gives practical suggestions on how to remove most common GPP barriers.
20.12.2016

Overcoming the barriers of green public procurement

The PRIMES worked mostly with small and medium size municipalities which usually have small number of personnel in the procurement department. Although many municipalities have introduced green public procurement (GPP) and understood its importance and value it is still common that a procurement department focuses only on prices and neglects environmental criteria. According to the findings from PRIMES project it is usually consequence of:

  • Lack of knowledge and experience;
  • Lack of time to develop GPP criteria;
  • Fear of complexity of GPP process; and
  • Fear of increased costs

A key implication of this situation is that energy and environmental goals are not integrated properly in the procurement practice and thus the potential of fulfilling the goals via GPP procurements is not achieved.

 

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Overcoming the barriers of green public procurement



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Louise Neubert Eskildsen