Members attend information session about Green Public Procurement

18th January 2019

Members of the Malta Chamber attended an information session organised in collaboration with the Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change about Green Public Procurement on Thursday.

Opening an Information and Consultation Session on the Second National Action Plan for Green Public Procurement in Malta, Malta Chamber Deputy President Perit David Xuereb said that public procurement was no longer simply as an administrative process to purchase goods and services, but could be seen as an important tool to help reach strategic goals, including resource efficiency objectives.

Perit Xuereb said that in recent years, Malta had experienced significant efforts through numerous projects and various incentives aimed at enhancing the country’s efficiency and sustainability when it came to public procurement. Some of these projects have even changed the way we live and the way we do business.

“However, despite the notable efforts of the past years, Malta remains quite some way off from where it should be in terms of efficiency and sustainability related targets. Therefore, as we continue to strive towards these targets, it must be stressed that everyone, whether public or private, whether a large company or a single individual has to play a role” Mr Xuereb said.

The Deputy President noted how Green Public Procurement was one tool that the public sector was gradually implementing throughout public procurement processes in order to favour goods and services that respect the environment. “With Public procurement representing approximately 19% of the European Union’s GDP, which amounts to more than 2.3 trillion euros in 2018, it is no surprise that the EU continues to stress the importance of Green Public Procurement practices as a pillar of the Union’s sustainability goals” he emphasized.

“In Malta, the public sector is one of the largest purchasers of goods and services. Therefore, by spending such significant amounts of funds, our public authorities are not only selecting the goods and services utilized in providing citizens with public services in an efficient and environmentally friendly manner, but also have notable effects on the examples and standards being set for all consumers” Perit Xuereb concluded.

The information session proceeded with a presentation by Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change (MSDEC ) officials Ms Ruth Debrincat and Ms Branica Xuereb, who informed members present about the overarching aims of the 2nd National Action Plan for GPP in Malta for the 7 year period 2019 to 2025.

The MSDEC officials noted how in 2017, 63% of public tenders falling under GPP product groups were greened. They said that the aim was to achieve 90% by 2025, while also increasing the number of product groups by an additional 6 groups.

The Ministry officials also said that 9 measures were being enacted to improve uptake of GPP. They also informed members present that the GPP Office within MSDEC will be organizing training for economic operators in every specific product group throughout 2019. “GPP Office is welcoming feedback on the specific GPP criteria for each and every product group. Detailed criteria can be accessed from the attached National Action Plan document” the officials said.

During the consultation session, members stressed that contracting authorities must keep up to date with constant developments in technology in order to issue tenders with up to date technical specifications. Updated technology tends to be more efficient in itself, hence greener. GPP Office noted that since the 7-year horizon was rather lengthy, the second GPP national action plan was being treated as a live document and would be constantly updated to be kept up to date, following necessary consultation on any amendments.

The full presentation by the Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change officials can be viewed here.

More information on specific Green Public Procurement eligibility criteria can be obtained from the 2nd National Action Plan Document which you can download from here. The GPP office within the responsible Ministry is welcoming feedback on gpp@gov.mt


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