Central Electronic Purchasing Lisbon Metropolitan Area (CCE-AML) was created in 2007 with the aim of centralising procurement activities. To date, 30 municipalities have committed themselves to this purpose, which has resulted in savings of almost €3 million. Product groups targeted under the green agenda include office supplies, transport, cleaning products, electrical equipment, and energy supply.
CCE is working with national organisations, such as the Laboratório Nacional de Energiae Geologia (LNEG) to define environmental criteria for its tendering processes.
Under the legal framework of public procurement in Portugal, CCE-AML has developed several aims and objectives as part of its mission for collaborative e-procurement, including:
Promoting increased effectiveness, efficiency, transparency of procurement
Reducing procurement costs through financial gains and savings
Aligning the centralised purchasing policy of CCC-AML and its municipalities with the overall policy of public procurement in Portugal
Since July 2009, the Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia (LNEG) has been working in collaboration with CCE and several public authorities to introduce sustainability criteria in tendering procedures. The criteria covered the following product groups: electric minibuses, hygiene products, bottled water, office equipment and public indoor and outdoor lighting.
Workshops are held to discuss energy consumption priorities in three main areas: public lighting, buildings and transport.
In June 2009, Ponta do Sal Municipality underwent refurbishment of its indoor and outdoor lighting system. LED technology replaced mercury steam lamps as well as some indoor incandescent bulbs. Aside from that, the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system were also improved, single glazing façades replaced by double ones and solar panels installed for water heating purposes.