Sustainable public procurement

It is therefore reasonable endeavor to make sure that these funds are used as efficiently as possible, and thus contribute to the development of the local community. Public procurement rules allow the contracting authority to set out a number of criteria that contribute to sustainable development of society.

At EU level two platforms formed over time that are closely related and currently mutually intertwined, which aim to ensure this sustainability. The GPP and SPP abbreviations stand for various options, criteria and rules which ensure that public procurement contributes to the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy.

The acronym GPP means Green Public Procurement. The public procurement law itself allows the contracting authority to establish environmental management as a condition of participation. GPP however, allows much more than just the requirement of an ISO 14 001 certificate. A well defined description of the subject of the contract and contract requirements can achieve a reduction in electricity consumption by the contracting authority or the amount of chemicals used for cleaning the premises of the contracting authority.

The acronym SPP means Sustainable Public Procurement. It involves a social and economic aspects as well as environmental aspects contained in the GPP. The public procurement law regulates one of these aspects in its provisions by allowing the contracting authority to evaluate costs using the life-cycle costs principle. Another fact resulting from the SPP than the one mentioned by the law is the possibility to define an obligation for the successful procurement participant to employ a certain number of job seekers during the implementation of the contract.