GOVERNMENT OF CATALONIA

OVERVIEW

SPP IN CATALONIA

Catalonia, a region of Spain, has around 7.5m inhabitants and a total GDP of about €210m (2014). 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 both Ministries 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

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:

  • Printing and Writing Paper (3rd review, 2012)
  • Office Stationary (4th review, 2015)
  • Office Furniture (3rd review, 2014)
  • Building cleaning services (4th review, 2014)
  • Postal services (1st review, 2015)
  • Energy supply (2nd review, 2014)

 

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.
  • Elaboration of good practices on the greened tenders.

The elaboration of good practices have started with the tendering processes conducted in the framework of the EU GPP 2020 project and will be expanded to other tenders, such as the framework agreements, in order to promote their replication. All the Catalan Government case studies from the GPP 2020 can be found here.

SPP SECTORS

MEDICAL TRANSPORT

 In 2016 the Catalan Government began procurement of €1.2bn of emergency and non-emergency medical transport over a six year period. The contract is divided into 13 lots across the territories, with different vehicle numbers according to service need. The procurement is estimated to save 5,095 tonnes of CO2 during the contract period of ten years. Read more here.

ENERGY PERFORMANCE CONTRACT

The Catalan Institute of Oncology, from the Ministry of Health of the Government of Catalonia, tendered the energy efficiency and maintenance service. The tender is under the Energy Performance Contract (EPC) model, with guaranteed energy savings. Mandatory minimum of 16% in energy cost reduction and 10% in water cost reduction has been included, resulting in CO2 savings of 4,225 tonnes over the course of the contract. Read more here.

LOW CARBON EMISSION CARS

The Catalan Institute of Oncology, from the Ministry of Health of the Government of Catalonia, tendered the energy efficiency and maintenance service. The tender is under the Energy Performance Contract (EPC) model, with guaranteed energy savings. Mandatory minimum of 16% in energy cost reduction and 10% in water cost reduction has been included, resulting in CO2 savings of 4,225 tonnes over the course of the contract. Read more here.

EXPLORE MORE

PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES

GPP 2020

Mainstreaming low carbon procurment in Europe.

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