A consultation session, organised by MEUSAC in conjunction with the Ministry for Sustainable Development, Environment and Climate Change (MSDEC), was held on Monday, November 28, 2016 on the Green Public Procurement (GPP) criteria in relation to indoor lighting, sanitary tapware and flushing toilets. This was the third consultation session in a matter of a week which tackled GPP criteria.
Ms Branica Xuereb, GPP co-ordinator at MSDEC, gave a presentation. Replying to questions, she highlighted that the contracting authority can choose which criteria to include in the tendering process since the criteria is non-binding for the time-being. However, she pointed out that “our goal is to further increase targets and that such targets will increase along the years”. She did not rule out that such criteria will eventually become mandatory for contracting authorities.
The aim of the criteria is to save on water and electricity consumption.
The implementation of Green Public Procurement (GPP) in Malta was formalised in 2011 through the publication of the first GPP National Action Plan (NAP) which spanned from 2012-2014. The NAP established GPP targets for 18 product and service groups and proposed a series of measures for their attainment. The targets set out in the Plan were set to be incremental, in order to avoid potential market distortions and to allow sufficient lead time for the market operators to adapt to the new government purchasing policy. The requirements on GPP apply to all public tenders falling within the scope of the Public Procurement Regulations irrespective of tender type, value, tendering procedure or the nature of the contracting authority.
In light of the developments in procurement policies, Malta’s NAP is to undergo a review in order to reinvigorate and strengthen the GPP process in Malta. The GPP office’s aim is to devise and launch a new and updated National Action Plan which takes into account the difficulties experienced thus far and offer a realistic and ambitious plan for the coming years.