Green Public Procurement (GPP) is a process whereby public authorities seek to procure goods, services and works with a reduced environmental impact throughout their life-cycle when compared to goods, services and works with the same primary function that would otherwise be procured.
Like any other economic activity, Government purchasing decisions bear consequences on the environment. Public procurement, which represents a significant proportion of Malta's GDP, has its environmental footprint. The negative aspects of this footprint, such as those associated with materials and resources use and the resulting waste should be reduced, whilst the positive aspects must be promoted.
This aim can be achieved with the help of GPP, which is an instrument designed to promote environmentally-positive procurement practices. Green public procurement is a win-win tool, which leverages economic and environmental objectives. On the one hand, it enables the public sector to obtain the best value for money and procure low-carbon, environmentally-friendly goods, works and services. It therefore represents an efficient use of public finances and promotes environmental improvement. On the other hand, GPP represents a business opportunity for the suppliers of goods and services, rapidly pushing the boundaries of the growing market for environmentally-positive products and services.
The implementation of GPP in Malta was formalised in 2011 through the publication of the first GPP National Action Plan (NAP). The NAP established GPP targets for 18 product and service groups and proposed a series of measures for their attainment. The NAP was developed through the setting up of the first inter-ministerial GPP Task Force (IMTF). More information on these GPP criteria can be found from this link.
For any queries related to GPP please contact the GPP Helpdesk: email@example.com