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3rd edition (Buying Green! Handbook), April 2016

On April 2016, the European Commission published a fully revised version of Buying Green! – A Handbook on green public procurement.


The Handbook is the European Commission’s main guidance document to help public authorities buy goods and services with a lower environmental impact. It is also a useful reference for policy makers and companies responding to green tenders.

The third edition of the Handbook includes:

  • Guidance on how environmental considerations can be included at each stage of the procurement process in the current EU legal framework (adopted in 2014)
  • Practical examples drawn from contracting authorities across EU Member States
  • Sector specific GPP approaches for buildings, food and catering services, road transport vehicles and energy-using products.


For more information, see the Commission’s website (

On October 16 2012 we provided our video message about the Green Digital Charter: ICT for Sustainable Cities to the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) workshop “Connected City- the Greener Future” in Shenzhen, China. 

The one-day event examined how the deployment of ICT solutions in sectors such as energy, housing and transport can turn the challenges of today’s cities into opportunities for greening the world economy.

More specifically, the events objectives were to:

  • Draw attention to the potential of ICT to address sustainability challenges
  • Showcase state-of-the-art ICT solutions in areas like transport, energy and housing, highlighting the efficiencies that can be achieved
  • Encourage Chinese companies to become engaged in the climate effort by making the business case for developing smart ICT solutions
  • Raise excitement amongst local policymakers through relevant research

You can view our contribution here