Client: European Commission – Seville Joint Research Center
Date: 2016 – 2018
Program: Technical Support for the preparation of the EU Green Public Procurement Criteria for Public Space Maintenance
Scope: Consultancy, research, and technical support for the development of draft criteria and technical reports.
Ecosistema Urbano is currently collaborating with the Joint Research Center of the European Commission in Seville for a research project focused on the topic of maintenance of public space. The project aims to define the EU Green Public Procurement (GPP) Criteria for Public Space Maintenance.
Green Public Procurement (GPP) is defined in the Communication (COM (2008) 400) “Public procurement for a better environment” 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.” GPP is a voluntary instrument, which means that Member States and public authorities can determine the extent to which they implement it.
Public authorities are major consumers in Europe: they spend approximately 1.8 trillion euro annually, representing around 14 % of the EU’s gross domestic product. By using their purchasing power to choose goods and services with lower impacts on the environment, they can make an important contribution to sustainable consumption and production.
Ecosistema Urbano is working on several tasks, including identification of relevant stakeholders, Statistical, Legal and criteria review, Market, and cost data Analysis, Environmental analysis and criteria proposal.