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Green Public Procurement in Italy

Green Public Procurement (GPP) in Italy is regulated by the Department of Environment. The National Action Plan on Green Public Procurement (GPP NAP), sets rules and requirements as well as goals for public procurement in Italy.

National Action Plan on Green Public Procurement

The Ministry of the Environment in Italy has published guidance on their website for Green Public Procurement in Italy. One of the most important documents in the field is the National Action Plan on Green Public Procurement (GPP NAP).

The GPP NAP is a plan that sets rules for public procurement in Italy and provides a definition of Italy's national targets for GPP. In the context of EPDs the following aspects mentioned in the GPP NAP are of particular importance:

  • the concept of minimum requirements within GPP
  • instruments for the identification of environmental criteria
  • focus areas within GPP

Minimum requirements within GPP

Minimum environmental criteria are seen as technical indications mainly within the environmental sphere and where possible in the ethical and social nature of the product. The criteria are developed to promote and ensure:

  • efficiency and savings in the use of resources
  • reduction in the use of hazardous substances
  • quantitative reduction in waste products

Specific criteria are set within certain product categories. These criteria consist of environmental requirements, but also requirements on social aspects.

Instruments for the identification of environmental criteria

Environmental Product Declarations stand out from the variety of tools and instruments for the identification of environmental criteria as “extremely effective working instruments for the GPP”.

With the opportunity to include both environmental and other important aspects of a product, EPDs can be used to declare environmental and other aspects in one system and document.

Focus areas within GPP

From the underlying focus areas of the EU-commission, GPP NAP lists 11 focus areas for GPP in Italy for which minimum requirements have been developed. By clicking on the focus area, you will be linked to published EPDs within the International EPD® System.