The Basque Country is a region in Spain with a population of over two million. The Basque Government has incorporated GPP into its strategic environmental programmes since 2004, and IHOBE - its Environmental Management Agency - promotes GPP and provides technical support for its implementation to all public administrations in the region, based on the objectives and actions defined in specific GPP policies (the most recent from 2016).

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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Spain

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Sector of activity
Public Procurement

Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation, Policy Frameworks & Tools, Research, Analysis, Assessment

Type of lead actor
Government / public sector

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Aure Adell Querol

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The GPP 2020 Programme aims to mobilise the Basque public sector, as a whole, to establish GPP as standard practice, and introduce a life cycle approach into the procurement process. It sets two voluntary objectives to achieve this:
1) To progress towards the institutionalisation of GPP in the various participating public administrations. The degree of institutionalisation will be measured via the following:
• Leadership: Appointment of a manager tasked with leading and coordinating the GPP actions in the administration.
• Planning: Defining an annual work plan in the priority groups of the Programme (see point 2, below) and in at least one other sphere of interest (chosen by the entity) for each administration.
• Integration: Analysing and integrating GPP into procurement procedures and tools existing in the administration.
• Training: Increasing the number of contracting staff trained in GPP.
• Measurement: Monitoring the degree of ‘greening’ of procurement

2) To achieve a degree of greening in public procurement of 50% by 2020, in line with the general target set across the EU. Objectives regarding actual results achieved are measured by the inclusion of GPP criteria in 50% of tenders (calculated by number of contracts as well as by financial value) for more than 20 priority groups. Priority groups are split between:
• By 2018: Paper, computers, imaging equipment, cleaning services, vehicles, publications, food and catering, gardening services, street cleaning, civil works, and infrastructure.
• By 2020: Buildings, urban development, waste collection, electricity supply, public transport, courier services, office furniture, textiles, travel services and events.
The 50% target is a minimum target, and authorities are encouraged to display leadership and set targets higher. In addition, each authority is required to set individual targets for at least one other group which has not been prioritised but which is of special interest to that authority.


As collected through the One Planet Reporting

Outcome level

Policy instrument for SCP

  • Green Public Procurement Programme of the Basque Country 2020

Impact and Results

We expect to reach at least 50% of green public procurement in the 20 priority product categories by 2020 and to embed GPP in the regular procurement culture of all Basque public authorities and entities.

Data from 2015 shows that, the Basque Government has greened about 30% of its procurement (both in number of tenders as well as in economic value).