NGOs are well-placed to provide information to local, regional, and national governments, making them better equipped to engage in GPP. To make it easier for NGOs to work with public procurers to enhance GPP uptake, a network was established in 2016 with the support of the European Commission.
Environmental NGOs have knowledge and experience with many of the environmental issues addressed by GPP criteria, such as hazardous substances, waste management, energy efficiency etc, and therefore represent vital stakeholders when promoting GPP.
The objective of the NGO Network is to increase the uptake of GPP through the EU by building NGO capacity to support public authorities.
|Baltic Environmental Forum - Latvia|
|Baltic Environmental Forum Lithuania|
|Bond Beter Leefmilieu Vlaanderen|
|Bulgarian Association of Municipal Environmental Experts|
|Bulgarian Environmental Partnership Foundation|
|Center for Environmental Studies|
|Réseau pour la transition énergétique|
|Club "Sustainable Development of Civil Society (CSDCS)|
|Cyprus Energy Agency|
|Eco Counselling Centre Galati (ECCG/CCEG)|
|Ecodesign Competence Centre|
|Energiaklub Climate Policy Institute|
|Estonian Green Movement (Eesti Roheline Liikumine)|
|Foundation TERRA Mileniul III Romania (TERRA III)|
|Fundación Ecología y Desarrollo (ECODES)|
|Fundacion Patrimonio Natural de Castilla y Leon|
|Fundacja Kupuj Odpowiedzialnie (FKO), Poland|
|Green liberty, Latvia|
|Institute for Sustainable Development|
|Irish Environmental Network|
|Prietenii Pamantului (PP) Romania - Earth Friends (EF)|
|Síť ekologických poraden STEP, z.s.|
The recently launched European NGO Network on Green Public Procurement (GPP) held an introductory session on 26 January in Szentendre (Hungary), gathering NGOs from across Europe with an interest in learning more about how GPP can be used to help cities and regions improve their sustainability and meet environmental policy objectives. Simon Clement and Estela Grana of ICLEI introduced the network, while Enrico Degiorgis of the European Commission provided a short introduction to GPP, the support available from the European Commission, and available tools and guidance.
Despite the power that public bodies have in preferring ‘green’ goods and services through the purchases they make, much of this remains untapped, with many countries in the EU reporting that less than 20% of their purchases are ‘green’. An effort to reach out and engage other organisations to help support green public procurement (GPP) actions could be very valuable. And this is precisely how the idea of establishing a European Network of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) for GPP was born.
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This Guide aims at giving NGOs the knowledge needed to help encourage public procurers to embrace GPP
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