In April 2016, the European Commission published a fully revised version of Buying Green! A Handbook on green public procurement. The handbook is designed to help public authorities successfully plan and implement Green Public Procurements (GPP). It explains the possibilities offered by European Union law in a practical way, and looks at simple and effective approaches to greening contracts. The handbook follows the logic and structure of a procurement procedure. It also gives many real examples of green purchasing by public authorities across the EU.
The handbook is the European Commission's main guidance document to help public authorities buy goods and services with a lower environmental impact. It is also a useful reference for policy makers and companies responding to green tenders.
The third edition of the handbook includes:
- Guidance on how environmental considerations can be included at each stage of the procurement process in the current EU legal framework (adopted in 2014).
- Practical examples drawn from contracting authorities across EU Member States.
- Sector specific GPP approaches for buildings, food and catering services, road transport vehicles and energy-using products.
For further information, please visit the relevant European Commission website: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/gpp/buying_handbook_en.htm