Promoting Green Public Procurement (GPP) in support of the 2020 goals

Project description

The project has a total of 18 partners across eight countries - Austria, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, and Spain. This large number of partners and wide coverage will allow the consortium to meet its aims of upscaling the implementation of GPP on a large scale and to substantially boost GPP skills and knowledge across the procurement community. The geographical coverage of the consortium will also ensure effective promotion of GPP as a mechanism to meet the EU 2020 targets and dissemination of the project results.


The overall objective of GPP 2020 is to significantly increase the implementation of GPP within the target countries both in the short and long term, through a series of capacity building and major tendering actions.

The specific objectives of GPP 2020 are:

  • To build capacity amongst public authorities for the implementation of GPP for energy related products, services and works procurement
  • To build capacity amongst procurement training providers, to enable the integration of GPP into regular procurement training programmes
  • To achieve CO2 reductions through supporting the implementation of GPP tenders
  • To promote knowledge transfer of GPP approaches, and innovative technologies and services between purchasing bodies and GPP support bodies across Europe
  • To enhance permanent GPP support structures in the target countries

In addition to the target groups themselves, the following should be considered key actors:

  • Public authority decision makers (those making high level decisions on strategy, allocation of public budgets and financial conditions, including department heads and financial officers) – the active participation and/or approval of this group is clearly key in providing an enabling environment for SPP and the systematic purchase of low carbon solutions.
  • Technical departments and consultants: Procurement in the sectors of construction, energy, IT equipment for example, will likely require the involvement of different departments and staff with specific technical knowledge.
  • Suppliers: Suppliers are of course ultimately those who will provide the low carbon solutions which the purchasing bodies are intending to buy. Contact with suppliers through early market engagement processes will be highly beneficial to achieving the best outcomes in tendering
  • Those responsible for drafting/implementing national SPP/GPP activities: A number of organisations are already engaged to various degrees in promoting SPP/GPP in different Member States and co-ordination is therefore necessary. Many of these organisations are included within the consortium


Year 2013-2016
Donor Amount
Intelligent Energy Europe € 87.192