The croatian Task Force
The purpose of the project is to develop basic skills and provide hands-on support for public purchasing organizations to overcome barriers and implement Green Public Purchasing (GPP). Many lack capacity and knowledge; particularly small and medium sized municipalities.
PRIMES will demonstrate how such support can be delivered at conditions which are favorable for even the smallest purchasing organizations; by sharing and cooperating; or by working with a regional energy agency, a cluster organization or the regional authorities. By developing skills and
capacity in a large number of these small and medium sized organizations, PRIMES will have high leverage.
Task forces of experts will work with purchasing organizations on specific contracts. The task forces will be set up in each country and will work in the local language. It will be a "learning by doing" process to draw up tender specifications and evaluation criteria which will deliver better outcomes – i.e. more energy efficient products and services. The task forces will also provide expert advice on specific product groups, legal issues, life-cycle costing etc. Expert partner ICLEI will also provide a package of "GPP Capacity Building" material for the task forces to deliver to their purchasing organizations. Where possible this training will be delivered to several organizations at the same time – not only to achieve economies of scale but also to share experiences. The aim is to create a fundamental understanding of the environmental and economic benefits of GPP and encourage "mainstreaming" of GPP into all public sector tenders. Via an ambitious programme of dissemination, including Covenant of Mayors, the aim is to build capacity and political will in similar small and medium sized purchasing organizations across Europe creating a snowball effect of GPP good practice and consequent energy and CO2 reduction.