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WEBINAR: Green Public Procurement experience of Sweden

The webinar on the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and their activities related to public procurement.

The original information about the webinar

DATE: 30 June 2015

RECORDING: You can access the webinar here.

The webinar covers Sustainable Publid Programme of the One Planet network, presenting specifically Green Public Procurement experience of Sweden and GPP-related activities of the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It also touches upon Working group 4a: Greening Supply Chains.

Key speakers from the Swedish EPA included Ms. Kristina von Oelreich, Deputy Head of the Department of Operational Support, who shared the Swedish EPA's experience with Green Public Procurement (GPP), Ms. Annika Kleen, Legal Advisor, who presented the results of the survey, conducted in Sweden in 2013, on how the public sector is working with GPP, and Mr. Sven-Olof Ryding, Senior Advisor on Green Public Procurement, who presented the conclusions of the pre-study on the “Sustainability of Supply Chains and SPP" in June 2014.

The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency

  • Stockholm and Östersund

  • 500 employees

  • Oldest central environmental authority in the world (1967)

  • Certified according to ISO 14001 since 2003

  • Swedish EPA work on behalf of the Swedish Government

The national generational goal

“The overall goal of the Swedish environmentalpolicy is to hand over to the next generation a society in which the major environmental problems in Sweden have been solved, without increasing environmental and health problemsoutside Sweden’s borders.”

The main tasks concerning GPP are to:

  • Develop environmental policy and legislation

  • Ensure environmental policy decisions are implemented

  • Evaluate and propose measures

  • Participate in EU and international environmental efforts

  • Provide the Government with expert knowledge

  • Guide according to the Ordinance (2009:907) on environmental management in government agencies

  • Competent body- according to the European Regulation for Environmental Management and Internal Audit (EMAS)

  • Swedish EPA - Environmental management system according to international standard for environmental management ISO 14001

2013 Report on ”Green Public Procurement – a tool for acheiving national environmental quality objectives”

  • The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) has in the years of 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2013 conducted a survey with the aim of monitoring how government agencies, municipalities, county councils and government companies are working to establish environmental requirements in connection with the purchasing of goods and services.

  • Of the 654 organizations that the survey was sent to, a response rate was received of 58%. That is a total of 376 responses. 195 of the answers are from state agencies, 142 from municipalities, 27 from government companies and 12 from county councils.


This document compiles all information presented during the webinar.

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Published on June 30, 2015

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