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Green Public Procurement & Technology Advancements in the Road sector

POLIS Office, 98 Rue du Trône, 1050 Brussels, 20 September 2011

ENVIRONMENTGreen Public Procurement (GPP) is defined as "a process whereby public authorities seek to procure goods, services and works with a reduced environmental impact throughout their life cycle when compared to goods, services and works with the same primary function that would otherwise be procured".

The concept of Green Public Procurement has been widely recognised in recent years as a useful tool for driving the market for greener products and services and reducing the environmental impacts of public authorities’ activities. Public authorities - central, regional and local levels- spend approximately 17% of EU GDP – or €2,000 billion – on goods, services and works each year. Much of this is spent in sectors with high environmental impacts, such as transport, buildings and food. The idea is that by using their purchasing power to choose goods and services with lower impacts on the environment, public authorities can make an important contribution to sustainable consumption and production.

To which extent can this be effective in the road sector?

The study day will be the occasion to learn from experiences world-wide and to identify and discuss effective ways of addressing this issue.


Is public procurement a valid means to spur innovation and sustainability? How?


How are targets set?


What kind of environmental criteria should be integrated and at what stage of the procurement process?


What is hindering green technology deployment in our sector? Can GPP help in this respect?




- Final Programme
- Green Public Procurement Note
- Innovative Practices for Greener Roads



Moderator: Ms Oshani Perera, Programme Manager SPP, IISD

The Business case for Green Public Procurement
Ms Oshani Perera, Programme Manager, IISD - Switzerland

Sustainable public procurement: key concepts and international experience
Mr Farid Yaker, Programme Officer SPP, UNEP- DITE - France

The emerging EU resource efficiency policy and its relevance to the road sector
Mr Pavel Misiga , Head of Unit SPC - DG Environment, European Commission - Belgium

Opportunities for sustainable public procurement in transport
Mr Peter Defranceschi, Head of Office, ICLEI - Belgium

EU GPP guidelines for road construction and traffic signs
Ms Susanna Zammataro, Deputy DG & Environment Expert, IRF - Switzerland

Netherlands’ experience with sustainable procurement in road construction
Mr Harald Versteeg, Programme Manager Sustainability, Dutch Ministry for Infrastructure - Netherlands

Integrating environmental conditionality into procurement process: New Zealand experience
Mr Carl Reller, Environment and Urban Designer Manager, NZ Transport Agency - New Zealand


Moderator: Dr. Adnan Rahman, Director, Cambridge Systematics

From research to markets: barriers to technology deployment
Dr. Thierry Vanelslander, BNP Paribas Fortis Chair – Transport, University of Antwerp – Belgium

Putting innovation on the agenda: policies and practice in the EU
Mrs Margarete Rudzki, Policy Adviser Eurochambres- Belgium

Overcoming barriers to mainstream urban transport innovation
Mr Ivo Cré, Project Manager, POLIS – Belgium

Innovation policies and techniques in rural roads construction in the State of Assam
Mr Ranjeet Kumar Das, Director Road Research Laboratory, Dep. Public Works Government of Assam – India

Advanced technology for traffic signs and road markings: better visibility and greater sustainability
Mr Rik Nuyttens, Regulatory Affairs Manager, 3M Europe –Belgium

Energy and resources savings in road equipment
Mrs Barbara Lax, Sustainable Development Manager, Caterpillar- Switzerland

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