Revision of Green Public Procurement Criteria for Road Design, Construction and Maintenance

Revision of Green Public Procurement Criteria for Road Design, Construction and Maintenance

Public procurement constitutes approximately 19% of overall Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Europe (EC, 2011) – and thus has the potential to provide significant leverage in seeking to influence the market and to achieve environmental improvements in the public sector. To reduce the environmental impact of public purchasing, it is important to identify and develop green public procurement (GPP) criteria for products, services and works which account for a high share of public purchasing combined with a significant improvement potential for environmental performance.

The construction and maintenance of roads in an energy and resource efficient way is an important policy objective for Europe. The Roadmap to a Resource-Efficient Europe highlighted the significant impact of construction on natural resources. 

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