GOVERNMENT OF CATALONIA

OVERVIEW

SPP IN THE GOVERNMENT OF CATALONIA

Catalonia, a region of Spain, has around 7.5m inhabitants and a total GDP of about €224m (2016, Idescat. Statistical Institute of Catalonia). As an autonomous region it has some legislative capacity and exclusive competences managed by the Government of Catalonia. The Ministry of Territory and Sustainability is the expert body for environmental policy of the Catalan Government and, as such, is in charge of promoting green public procurement within the government.


SPP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cooperation between the Ministry of Territory and Sustainability and the Ministry of Vice Presidency, and Economy and Finance has resulted in the inclusion of environmental criteria in most framework agreements since 2005
  • Production of GPP guides for products or services that are usually contracted or purchased on a decentralised basis
  • Support and technical advice on green purchasing to any public procurement body requesting it.
  • Fostering innovation in public procurement by working together on innovative public procurement and green public procurement.

7.5m

Population

1,089

Employees

€6.7m

Budget

CONTACT

Maria José Sarrias

Head of Environmental Qualification

 

WEBSITE (Catalan)

 

More information? Email procurement@iclei.org  

IN ACTION

SPP POLICY AND STRATEGY

Centralised Procurement

For those purchases that have been centralised for the whole Catalan Government and other interested public authorities, the Ministry of Territory and Sustainability works closely with the government’s central purchasing body (the Central Supplies Commission of the Ministry of Economy) to progressively incorporate environmental criteria in the framework agreements and derived contracts the government concludes.

The cooperation since 2005 between both Ministries has resulted in the inclusion of environmental criteria in most framework agreements of the Government. The agreements are regularly reviewed to respond to and foster further green market transformation:

  • Printing and Writing Paper (4th review, 2015)
  • Office Stationary (4th review, 2014)
  • Office Furniture (2nd review, 2012)
  • Building cleaning services (4th review, 2013)
  • Postal services (1st review, 2015)
  • Energy supply (2nd review, 2013)

 

Decentralised Procurement

For the greening of decentralized purchases, the Ministry of Territory and Sustainability provides tools and direct support to any Government body that wishes to include environmental criteria in their tenders. This includes:

  • Production of GPP guides for those products or services, which are usually contracted or purchased on a decentralized basis (publications, catering services, vehicles, uniforms, buildings maintenance, etc.).
  • Provision of training on GPP to public servants.
  • Direct support on greening contracts.

Furthermore, to provide basic GPP information, the Ministry keeps in its website a specific section on GPP with general information, a brief explanation on how to green tenders based on the present regulations and links to the GPP guides from the European Commission and the Ministry.

SPP SECTORS

The Catalan Government has greened the following categories:

  • Paper
  • Office Stationary
  • Office Furniture
  • Building cleaning services
  • Postal services
  • Electricity
  • Vehicles
  • Printing services
  • Transport services