TEPR projects: Green public procurement
One of the challenges with increasing the market share of clean vehicles is that they are often more expensive to buy than conventional petrol or diesel vehicles, even though they are often cheaper to use. Increasing the procurement of clean vehicles by the public sector has the potential to provide a market for these vehicles, while also enabling the public sector to buy vehicles that improve the local environment and reduce operational costs.
In order to deliver the maximum potential impact on the market, it is beneficial for similar procurement approaches and standards to be applied in different countries. At the EU level, the Clean Vehicle Directive (Directive 2009/33) and the EU’s Green Public Procurement (GPP) Criteria for Transport provide a framework for the procurement of clean and sustainable vehicles in the EU.
TEPR has worked for the European Commission on various reports relating to the Clean Vehicle Directive (CVD), i.e.:
TEPR has also supported the development of the European Commission’s Green Public Procurement (GPP) criteria for transport:
The new GPP criteria were published in early 2019, while agreement has also been reached on the revised CVD (see TEPR’s blog).
Ian Skinner of TEPR is also a member of the City of London Corporation’s Social Value Panel, which advises the Corporation on improving the environmental and social performance of their public procurement.