On Tuesday, November 29, 2016 another consultation session was organised by MEUSAC in conjunction with the Ministry for Sustainable Development, Environment and Climate Change (MSDEC).
Ms Branica Xuereb from MSDEC gave an in-depth presentation on Green Public Procurement (GPP) criteria published by the European Commission for office building design, construction and management.
This was the fourth consultation session in a matter of a week which tackled GPP criteria.
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.