NEW AWARD CRITERIA FOR PUBLIC TENDERS IN ITALY IN COMPLIANCE WITH EU GREEN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT (GPP)
GPP criteria are designed to make it easier for Public Authorities to purchase goods, services and works with reduced environmental impacts.
These 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 can choose, according to their needs and ambition level, to add all or only certain requirements in their tender docs. Although the use of these criteria is still voluntary, in Italy, all candidates participating in a tender will have to take note of them because in case of lacking conformity, the possibilities to win a tender could be lower and lower.
IN ITALY, NEW AWARD CRITERIA FOR PUBLIC TENDERS HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED WITH THE NEW MINIMUM ENVIRONMENTAL CRITERIA (MEC) IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PRACTICE OF THE GREEN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT (GPP):
Among the different principles, it is interesting to emphasize the importance of the selection of the materials:
The indication of the Minimum Environmental Criteria on the choice of the materials, confirms that: "Recreational areas for recreational and sporting use are set up mainly with products made of renewable natural materials (wood), possibly also deriving from recovery operations (such as, for example, surface areas covered with wood chips or of bark, made with wood or cork granules, to offer tactile paths as a playful activity), and comply with the requirements of the UNI EN 1176 and UNI EN 1177 Standards. “Plastic products are allowed only where the recycled plastic content is at least 95%”.