Commission releases criteria for Green Public Procurement of road transport services
The document focuses on the key environmental impacts during the whole product life cycle, such as the greenhouse gas emissions produced during the use of vehicles, the environmental impacts produced during the manufacture of batteries of electric vehicles, and the noise emissions produced by the vehicles and tyres during the use phase.
To reduce the impact of their transport-related activities, contracting authorities can include the following criteria in their tendering procedures:
– Require criteria on type-approval CO2emissions for cars and LCVs, and specific technologies for heavy duty vehicles and L-category vehicles;
– Require criteria based on air pollutant emissions performance for cars and LCVs, and specific technologies for heavy duty vehicles and L-category vehicles;
– Require criteria on rolling resistance of tyres;
– Require criteria on energy efficiency for electric cars and LCVs;
– Require criteria on battery warranties;
– Require criteria on vehicle and tyres noise emissions;
– Require key competences and the application of key environmental management measures and practices from service providers;
– Require adequate and frequent training for the staff of service providers;
– Require criteria on tyres and lubricants for maintenance activities.
The final EU GPP criteria for road transport are published as a Staff Working Document and are available at the following link.
The EU GPP criteria are developed to facilitate the inclusion of green requirements in public tender documents. While the adopted EU GPP criteria aim to reach a good balance between environmental performance, cost considerations, market availability and ease of verification, procuring authorities may choose, according to their needs and ambition level, to include all or only certain requirements in their tender documents.
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