Green Public Procurement (GPP) is an important tool to implement a climate friendly policy at the government level. Due to their great purchasing power, governments can not only influence the market in a positive way and contribute to sustainable consumption and production; they also create more awareness around the topic and serve as a good example. Thailand’s government has been implementing GPP since 2005 and is continuously promoting and distributing GPP and other strategies for sustainable consumption and production.
In order to provide the government authorities with hands-on training in development of climate-friendly criteria for integration into GPP, the Pollution Control Department (PCD), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand in cooperation with the German International Cooperation (GIZ) organized a Technical Workshop on the Development of Climate-Relevant Criteria for Green Public Procurement at Baan Amphawa Resort, Thailand.
The specific objectives of the workshop were:
To share the methodological concept for developing climate-relevant criteria for their integration in GPP
To demonstrate the criteria development process using the example of two product groups – Printers and Fluorescent Lamps
To train the public authorities in developing climate-relevant criteria for two new product groups – Computer and Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS)
A total of 25 participants from Thailand attended the workshop. Participants were not only from the ministry (PCD) but also from key partner organizations: Thailand Green House Gas Management Organization (TGO), Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) and the Thailand Environment Institute (TEI).
After the profound technical input by the technical experts, all participants developed criteria for computers and UPS in interactive group works sessions and presented their results to the others. The next steps of having a stakeholder meeting were also discussed.
The presentations are available to be downloaded as below.