About the seminar  

Public procurement is a powerful market force, with an estimated spend of €1.8trillion across the EU accounting for 14% of EU GPP, in Ireland public procurement accounts for 10-12% of GDP.

Green Public Procurement offers public bodies the means to lead sustainable development in their sector, educating suppliers to reduce the environmental impacts across their product and service life cycles; developing the circular economy.

The Climate Action Plan requires every public body to have a climate mandate: With many public bodies already leading by example in energy efficiency; green procurement is a way to further reduce emissions and deliver on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Goals for participants

  • Join public networks and participate in the continual improvement of resource efficiency action plans, energy and environmental management systems
  • Measurably reduce environmental impacts using EU Green Public Procurement Guidelines
  • Secure funding where available towards your organisation’s purchases


  • Spreadsheet templates provided to allow participants generate a working template for one aspect of their procurement e.g. transport services

On completion participants will be able to:

  • Review their organisations’ environmental impacts at a high level
  • Focus on areas of significance
  • Research the market, identify suitable criteria
  • Apply EU GPP Guidelines to scoring and specification
  • EPA Green Public Procurement Guidelines for the Public Sector
  • Measure the impacts, to continually improve
  • Create their own templates for green public procurement

“Good starting point to learn about Green Procurement – very good examples.”

Mary Brophy – Bord na Mona

“An introduction to GPP in Ireland and Europe and where we currently are with it. Focused on how to fold GPP into general procurement practices.”

Maggie Semple – Houses of the Oireachtas

How to Book

If you would like further information about having this course run online and ‘in-house’ for your team, email inhousetraining@pai.ie

Register your interest in the next upcoming dates of this programme, email amckeever@pai.ie