Contracts Circular No. 21/2011 on Green Public Procurement (GPP) issued by the Department of Contracts instructs all contracting authorities to integrate green public procurement criteria, according to their respective targets, by following the National Guidelines for Green Public Procurement.
In addition, all contracting authorities must also submit a copy of the Tender Originator's Form for all calls for tenders irrespective of their nature and value. All documentation must be forwarded on the email address: email@example.com prior to publication.
Contracts Circular No. 22/2014 aims at mainstreaming the role of the GPP’s office. Amongst other responsibilities, it necessitates all Ministries to nominate a GPP coordinator so as to effectively carry out GPP screening, as well as contributing to the GPP Inter-Ministerial Task Force.
A National Action Plan for Green Public Procurement
Like any other economic activity, Government purchasing decisions bear consequences on the environment. Public procurement, which represents a significant proportion of Malta's GDP, has its environmental footprint. The negative aspects of this footprint, such as those associated with materials and resources use and the resulting waste should be reduced, whilst the positive aspects must be promoted.
This aim can be achieved with the help of Green Public Procurement (GPP), which is an instrument designed to promote environmentally-positive procurement practices.
Green public procurement is a win-win tool, which leverages economic and environmental objectives.. On the one hand, it enables the public sector to obtain the best value for money and procure low-carbon, environmentally-friendly goods, works and services. It therefore represents an efficient use of public finances and promotes environmental improvement. On the other hand, GPP represents a business opportunity for the suppliers of goods and services, rapidly pushing the boundaries of the growing market for environmentally-positive products and services.
The implementation of GPP in Malta was formalised in 2011 through the publication of the first GPP National Action Plan(NAP). The NAP established GPP targets for 18 product and service groups and proposed a series of measures for their attainment. The NAP was developed through the setting up of the first inter-ministerial GPP Task Force (IMTF). The NAP is now three years old and as such it has been recognised that in order to reinvigorate and strengthen the GPP process in Malta a new IMTF lead by MSDEC and with representation from all ministries will be established. The key priorities for the new IMTF will be to undertake a comprehensive review of the first NAP with a view to developing the 2nd NAP for the years 2015 to 2018 to be presented before Cabinet for approval in 2015.
For any queries related to GPP please contact the GPP Helpdesk: firstname.lastname@example.org