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Green Public Procurement

Green purchases, or Green Public Procurement (GPP), are a main focus of the Program for the Rationalization of Purchases.

Starting with April 2008 –with the launch of the GPP National Action Plan – a greater focus has been put into sustainable purchases. The National Action Plan sets the strategy for the dissemination of GPP, the product categories, the environmental goals to be achieved and the general methodology to be used. Later regulations have introduced the minimal environmental criteria that must be followed in purchasing procedures. Within the scope of the Program for the Rationalization of Purchases, these criteria have been adopted into the tenders for the supply of goods and services.

In the last few years, with the aim of reducing the environmental impact of the goods and services used by public authorities, the number of green initiatives launched by the Program has markedly increased. The main environmental goals that have been set involve the following sectors:

  • Energy: Helping to create energy savings, promote the use of renewable sources and green fuel. Goods and Services: Abiding by standards set in the use of materials harmful to public health and the environment
  • Recycling: Promoting the separation of waste through the purchase of recycled products and materials
  • Waste: Promoting among Public Authorities the separation and collection of recyclable waste.

All environmentally sustainable initiatives are identified by a green leaf in the product catalogue.