A project to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the EU through public sector procurement has saved more than 72,000 tonnes of CO2 so far by using “low-carbon tenders”.
The GPP 2020 scheme has made the savings through 19 tenders, which are designed to demonstrate “the impact that can be achieved by including low-carbon criteria in public procurement”.
The tenders include the construction of a motorway exit in the Netherlands, which used fewer materials than a standard design, and a framework contract for the leasing of green vehicles in Italy.
The savings were calculated by monitoring the emissions of the contracts and comparing the results with previous or “standard” tenders.
“GPP 2020 low-carbon tenders need to take potential energy and CO2 reductions into consideration straight from the beginning of the development of the tender. An initial calculation informs decision-makers and procurers of the savings that can be achieved,” says the GPP 2020 website.
“Once the tender is awarded, all GPP 2020 low-carbon tenders are monitored and their impact is assessed by calculating the amount of energy and CO2 savings the tender achieved.”
Over the course of the programme, which is running in eight countries including Germany and Spain over three years, more than 100 low-carbon tenders will be issued.
Launched in 2013 and co-ordinated by ICLEI, GPP 2020 is aiming to contribute to EU targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent, increase the share of renewable energy by 20 per cent and increase energy efficiency by 20 per cent, all by 2020.