Green procurements in practice of municipal companies and enterprises

On March 17, 2016 in the old Bulgarian capital – Veliko Tarnovo city – a training on implementation of green procurements was conducted for municipal companies and enterprises. The training was held bay NAMRB in implementation of the project GreenS, funded by Framework Program of European Commission “Horizon 2020” and implemented in Bulgaria in partnership between NAMRB and BSRAEM. It was part of the Annual meeting of municipal companies and enterprises organized by NAMB-Active. More than 40 representatives from municipalities took part in training – heads of municipal companies and enterprises.

The participants were acquainted with new regulations on the role of municipal companies as contracting authorities. Interest sparked with regard to new opportunities of in-house (direct) award procedure – as between two or more contracting authorities that are related parties, as well as between contracting authority and related legal entity.

Novelty for audience were the opportunities that the new Public Procurement Act provides on organizing and conducting “green” procurements. These opportunities exist in all phases of the procedure – starting from preliminary market research, then in determining the subject of the contract, in the requirements for technical / professional capacity of the contractor, in the technical specifications, in the eligibility criteria, in the evaluation criteria and finally in terms of performance of the contract.

In this regard the criteria of European Commission for “green procurement” and the common European and national policies in this area were explicated in details. The project GreenS was presented, implemented in partnership of 14 organizations from eight EU countries, as well as the opportunities to support “green” awarding procedures in municipalities and their companies.

Special emphasis in training has been given on the new criteria for the award in Public Procurement Act – cost analysis of the entire life cycle of the product / service, which is in the core of green procurements concept. Various methods of determining the cost of whole lifecycle were scrutinized, as well as analysis of main components of these costs. Particular attention was paid to the method of calculating the net present value of tenders. In this regard a sample calculator was presented to assess the cost of the entire lifecycle of all candidates in the procedure.

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