“The European Green Deal is our new growth strategy” so the President of the European Commission. The energy, industry, buildings and mobility sectors have never been at the centre of the public debate to this extent as today. While EU Institutions set the frame for new policies and programs for the future of a green and inclusive transition, regions, cities and companies are now struggling to make the most out of the current bureaucratic, financial and technological instruments to deliver on the challenges of the climate change.
Europe’s public authorities are major consumers. By using their purchasing power to choose eco-friendly goods, services and works, they play a key role to foster sustainable consumption and production. This “green purchasing” is Green Public Procurement (GPP). GPP is also a strong stimulus for eco-innovation. In fact, it stimulates a critical mass of demand for more sustainable goods and services which otherwise would not easily get onto the market. But there are also barriers that need to be overcome. For examples, it may be difficult for a public authority to find an SME offering the “green” innovative services needed. Conversely, it may be a barrier to SMEs that procurement procedures at regional and municipal level are too complicated.
The workshop “Green Companies for green regions and green cities” gathers at the same table Belgian regional and local authorities and innovative green companies as well as international researchers and experts.
The goal of this participative workshop is to together discuss and find solutions concerning:
- EU and Belgian procurement rules with emphasis on the terms and conditions for innovative GPP;
- Latest international research on green supply;
- Barriers/Solutions to regional and public authorities to promote GPP;
- Barriers/Solutions to SMEs to apply for GPP.
The workshop will be held in English.