This is our weekly European public procurement news roundup. We will be bringing you recent public sector stories and information from around Europe’s news portals, reporting on how more than a trillion Euros of taxpayer money is being spent. This will become part of a future initiative to bring you more frequent, online reporting.
Public Procurement of palm oil banned by Norway
Following the release of a report by the Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN) which finds palm oil-based biofuel worse for the climate than fossil fuels, the Norwegian parliament voted on June 13 to ban the public procurement and use of palm oil-based biofuel. The production and use of palm oil in many goods, including cosmetics and food, is a a long-debated issue. Norway may be the first country to pass this regulatroy amendment – might other countries follow suit we wonder. Eco-Business has the full story.
Green Criteria for public sector worker uniforms
New criteria set out in the Green Public Procurement Initiative for textile products and services urges the public sector to source only environmentally friendly uniforms, particularly for the police, hosptials and military. EU members are asked to buy textiles that are sustainable and recyclable – one assumes for the the public sector to set the example. There’s more on Just-Style. The EU GPP criteria aims to make it easier for public sector bodies to buy greener products.
Western Europe to invest $133.7 billion in smart grid infrastructure by 2027
A press release this week announced that Western Europe will invest $133.7 billion in smart grid infrastructure through 2027, according to a new study published by Northeast Group LLC. EU regulations are driving smart grid deployments and require most countries to deploy smart metres to 80% of residential customers by 2020. The study is available to order and more details are here.
Scotland social housing contract welcomes bids