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GPP in practice: reusing and refurbishing furniture in a new office, best practice from Wales (UK)

New Criteria for green furniture procurement is published.

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Technical backgroudn report and EU GPP criteria are available here:

Third consortium meeting of GPP Furniture Erasmus+ Project

The third consortium meeting of the partners of “GPP Furniture” Erasmus+ Project was held on 02-03.11.2017 in Sofia, Bulgaria. The host of the meeting was Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The following issues were discussed during the meeting:

  • Finalization of the work on Intellectual output 2, activity 3 (Specifications, design and organization of training units and training paths) and activity 4 (Definition of the tool for knowledge verification)
  • Development of the different training modules: Methodological aspects and Content topics (IO3).
  • Distribution of the work between partners on the training materials for the training modules of the course.
  • Development of the online training platform, functions and main characteristics.
  • Dissemination activities.
  • Deadlines for tasks and activities for implementation.
  • Administrative and financial issues, reporting.

The next consortium meeting will be organized at the beginning of February in Zaragoza, Spain and will be hosted by the University of Zaragoza.


Joint Curriculum of the GPP-Furniture training course completed

We are happy to announce that the GPP-Furniture consortium finalised its work on the structure of the training modules and units of the on-line course for Green Public Procurement in furniture sector.

The main objective of the training is to fill in the existing gaps in the skills of the professionals from furniture sector regarding Green Public Procurement procedures. All partners participated actively in the definition of specifications of each training unit including duration, content depending on different training paths, weight of the learning units as a stage of preparation of the modules for future acquisition of ECVET credit points.

The training course will be 50 hours, which means 2 ECVET points, and will be divided in the following training modules and relevant units:

Second consortium meeting of GPP Furniture Erasmus+ Project

The second consortium meeting of the partners of “GPP Furniture” Erasmus+ Project was held on 07-08.06.2017 in Bucharest, Romania.

The meeting was organized by Asociatia Producatorilor de Mobila din Romania (APMR) and was attended by representatives of the six partners’ organizations from Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and Spain.

The responsible partners presented the results of the report on the furniture and woodworking industry, the dissemination and quality assurance activities.

The participants in the meeting discussed the main training modules that will be included in the e-learning training course: Basic aspects of Public Procurement and Green Public Procurement, Green technologies and materials applicable in the furniture sector, strategies for furniture SMEs.

Administrative and financial issues and deadlines were determined by the Project Coordinator.

At the end of the meeting the partners planned the third consortium meeting to be held in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Third edition of Buying Green! Handbook published

On April 2016 the European Commission published a fully revised version of Buying Green! – A Handbook on green public procurement.

The Handbook is the European Commission’s main guidance document to help public authorities buy goods and services with a lower environmental impact. It is also a useful reference for policy makers and companies responding to green tenders.

The third edition of the Handbook includes:

  • Guidance on how environmental considerations can be included at each stage of the procurement process in the current EU legal framework (adopted in 2014)
  • Practical examples drawn from contracting authorities across EU Member States
  • Sector specific GPP approaches for buildings, food and catering services, road transport vehicles and energy-using products.

Buying Green! Handbook (2016)


Circular economy

Closing the loop – An EU action plan for the Circular Economy

The European Commission adopted an ambitious Circular Economy Package, which includes revised legislative proposals on waste to stimulate Europe’s transition towards a circular economy which will boost global competitiveness, foster sustainable economic growth and generate new jobs.

The Circular Economy Package consists of an EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy that establishes a concrete and ambitious programme of action, with measures covering the whole cycle: from production and consumption to waste management and the market for secondary raw materials. The annex to the action plan sets out the timeline when the actions will be completed.

The proposed actions will contribute to „closing the loop” of product lifecycles through greater recycling and re-use, and bring benefits for both the environment and the economy.

The revised legislative proposals on waste set clear targets for reduction of waste and establish an ambitious and credible long-term path for waste management and recycling. Key elements of the revised waste proposal include:

  • A common EU target for recycling 65% of municipal waste by 2030;
  • A common EU target for recycling 75% of packaging waste by 2030;
  • A binding landfill target to reduce landfill to maximum of 10% of municipal waste by 2030;
  • A ban on landfilling of separately collected waste;
  • Promotion of economic instruments to discourage landfilling ;
  • Simplified and improved definitions and harmonised calculation methods for recycling rates throughout the EU;
  • Concrete measures to promote re-use and stimulate industrial symbiosis – turning one industry’s by-product into another industry’s raw material;
  • Economic incentives for producers to put greener products on the market and support recovery and recycling schemes (eg for packaging, batteries, electric and electronic equipments, vehicles).

The following legislative proposals on waste have been adopted:


GPP in practice

Circular Procurement of Furniture for the City of Wageningen

In 2015 Wageningen joined the Dutch Green Deal initiative and committed to implement 100% circular procurement in its municipal purchases. Furthermore, the municipality adopted its new Public Procurement policy, which incorporates a detailed procurement manual and seeks to further improve the overall performance of all procurement procedures.
For the refurbishment works of the new City hall, the municipality decided to implement a circular procurement concept for their new furniture, seeking products that would deliver a healthy working environment while being truly 100% recyclable.
In order to gain understanding of what the market was able to deliver, the municipality conducted several pre-procurement market consultation activities in January 2016.
After evaluating the feedback from the market, the municipality decided to split the products in categories and to launch seven different calls for tenders. The contracts were awarded in June 2016 to three different suppliers.
Download the full case study here.


GPP criteria for Computers and Monitors translated

The EU GPP criteria for Computers and Monitors, published in October 2016, are now available in 23 languages.


Kick-off meeting of GPP Furniture Erasmus+ Project

The kick off meeting of the partners of “GPP Furniture” Erasmus+ Project was held on 23-24.11.2016 in Yecla, Spain.

The meeting was organized by AMUEBLA (Asociacion empresarial de fabricantes de muebles y afines de la region de Murcia). There were representatives of all partners’ organizations: UNIZAR (Universidad de Zaragoza), APMR (Asociatia Producatorilor de Mobila din Romania), BCCI (Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry), PULS (University of life sciences in Poznan), GLOBALNET (Globalnet sp. z o.o.).

Each participant presented its organisation and its role in the project. The project activities, objectives and the responsibilities of each organisation were discussed during the kick-off meeting. The leaders of the relevant Intellectual Outputs presented the activities and the expected results. Specific tasks and deadlines were determined by the Project Coordinator.

At the end of the meeting the partners planned the upcoming activities for the next months. An action plan was prepared.


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