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Event Details - Green Public Procurement & Technology Advancements in the Road sector
Green Public Procurement & Technology Advancements in the Road sector
POLIS Office, 98 Rue du Trône, 1050 Brussels,
20 September 2011
Green 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?