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EU green public procurement (GPP) policy: National awareness-raising conference

Green public procurement (GPP) - Lead the change
National Conference - 2 July 2010 - Radisson Blu Resort, St. Julian's
Learn, share and act!

The GPP national conference

The Green Public Procurement (GPP) Conference is being organised by the Parliamentary Secretariat for Tourism, the Environment and Culture together with the Ministry of Finance, the Economy and Investment. It is part of a wider initiative funded by the European Commission DG Environment and carried out by the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITCILO) to build capacity to disseminate, promote and implement GPP in Member States.


The conference aims at promoting dialogue and networking among all GPP stakeholders in Malta.
You will enhance your understanding of why and how GPP can contribute to a better environment and to innovation through more sustainable technology, while saving money.
You will learn about EU GPP action to achieve the ambitious target of turning at least 50% of the tendering procedures in all Member States "green" by 2010, where "green" means compliant with endorsed common core GPP criteria for 10 product and service groups.
Most important, you will see what steps Malta has taken toward GPP. The key elements of the GPP National Action Plan and existing good practice will be presented.
And at the end of this intense one-day conference, you will have a clearer view of what you can do to promote and implement GPP in your organization and country!

Who should participate?

All national stakeholders working on GPP policy formulation, implementation, dissemination and monitoring: 
  • policy makers and decision makers
  • public procurement managers and officers from central, regional and local authorities
  • chambers of commerce, industrial associations and businesses (including SMEs)
  • NGOs, consumer associations, academics and journalists


08.45 - 09.15    Registration
09.15 - 09.30    Introductory speech by the Hon. Tonio Fenech
09.30 - 09.50    What is green public procurement and why move towards GPP?
                       Marie Briguglio, Assistant Director, Malta Environment & Planning Authority
09.50 -  10.00   Questions &  Answers
10.00 - 10.30    The EU GPP legal framework (with country example) 
                       Prof. Roberto Caranta, University of Turin
10.30 - 10.45    Questions & Answers
10.45 - 11.00    Coffee break
11.00 - 11.20    GPP and business competitiveness
                       Dr Jennifer Cassingena Harper, Director of Policy, Malta Council for Science
                       and Technology
11.20 - 11.30    Questions & Answers
11.30 - 12.00    Life cycle analysis
                       Mr. George Jadoun, ITC ILO                              
12.00 - 12.10    Questions & Answers
12.10-13.00      Stand-up light lunch
13.00  - 13.15   Malta's National Action Plan for GPP 
                       Marie Louise Mangion, Head Tourism and Sustainable Development
                       Unit, Office of the Prime Minister
13.15 - 13.25    Questions & Answers
13.25 - 14.30    Workshops - Incorporating GPP criteria into contracts & tenders 
                       - Copying and graphic paper and Office IT Equipment
                       - Electricity and Transport
                       - Construction and Furniture
                       - Gardening and Food & Catering
                       - Cleaning Products and Textiles
14.30 - 14.45    Coffee break
14.45 - 15.05    Presentation of outcomes from workshops and questions
15.10 - 15.15    Conclusions
15.15 - 15.30    Closing of conference 
                       Dr. De Marco, Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, the Environment and 
                       Culture, Office of the Prime Minister



How to participate 

You are kindly requested to complete the online registration form which can be downloaded from here by not later than Tuesday 29th June.
For further information please contact:
Ms Karina Fiorini
Tourism and Sustainable Development Unit
Office of the Prime Minister
Auberge d'Italie
Merchants Street
Valletta VLT 1170
Tel: 356 22915028
We invite you to participate! 
  • Participation is free
  • The number of participants is limited
  • Please note that participants must cover their own travel costs

Public procurement: a tool for sustainable development

Every year, public authorities spend approximately 17% of the EU GDP on goods and services. Among them are IT equipment, construction, textiles, food, cleaning, gardening, furniture, electricity, paper, transport.
All these goods and services have an impact on the environment during the cycle of extraction, production, use and disposal. They cause greenhouse gas emissions, pollution, biodiversity loss, and depletion of natural resources.   GPP as a voluntary tool can substantially lessen these adverse effects.  The EC, together with stakeholders, has therefore developed   common GPP criteria for 10 products and services.
Public authorities in the EU are responsible for the way they use their spending power. They should lead the change to sustainable production and consumption patterns and to eco-friendly technology!

What is GPP?

Green public procurement is a process in which public authorities take environmental concerns into account in their tendering for goods and services.Drawing on public procurement legislation, procurement authorities can consider environmental factors when deciding what to buy, provided they remain in line with the key principles of transparency, equal treatment and non-discrimination!

Why GPP?

Through GPP, procurement authorities can:
  • reduce their carbon footprint and move toward their climate change objectives
  • reduce pressure on the environment
  • contribute to more sustainable use of natural resources
  • drive innovation and boost the competitiveness of industry
  • set an example for private and corporate consumers
  • meet citizens' expectations
  • ...and be cost-effective, if they take a life cycle costing approach!

How to implement GPP in your own organisation/country?

Follow the steps of a simple management model for systematic implementation of GPP in your organisation/country.
Political commitment is essential for building a coherent, well coordinated approach.
Analyze procurement needs and prioritise goods and services with less adverse environmental impact. Establish improvement targets, a timeframe and a monitoring mechanism. Inform the market in advance and engage in dialogue with suppliers.
Act. Consolidate gains. Report on results!

Consolidate Gains! Report on Results 

More guidance on the EC GPP Toolkit:

National contact

Ms Karina Fiorini
Tourism and Sustainable Development Unit
Office of the Prime Minister
Tel: 356 22915028

European Commission contacts

Ms. Alenka Burja
European Commission DG Environment

ITCILO contacts

Mr. George Jadoun, Ms. Maria Teresa Pisani
International Training Centre of the ILO
Tel : 39 011 6936 690
e-mail: ,
Website: ,

DG Environment
Last Updated: 2010-07-02