Italy – Roundtable, kick-off meeting – First Steering committee roundtable 28 November 2016

The first GreenS’ roundtable organized by ALESSCO and Calabria Region has taken place the 28th of November 2016.

Moderator/facilitators: Filippo Giglio & Carmine Brescia, ALESSCO, Nicola Mayerà, Calabria Region.

Nicola Mayerà welcomes all participants and gives a brief presentation of the day

Carmine Brescia presents the Agenda, the methodology and the aim the roundtable inviting all participants to introduce themselves and to tell which are the expectations of the Steering Committees.

First of all, the kick-off meeting has been addressed to create synergies among the involved stakeholders operating at regional and regional level. All participants showed their interest on the issues related to the goal of the roundtable. To achieve the expected results, all stakeholders have been invited by the facilitators to share and bring their experiences and practices to the table.

Filippo Giglio, ALESSCO, Project Manager opens the session with a brief presentation of the project and the goals of the roundtables inviting all stakeholders to provide a presentation of their organization, their role and expectations. He highlights how roundtables’ goals are in line and coherent with the Nation Action Plan (PAN) because they both aim at the involvement of GPP stakeholders at various levels of Governance, at the dissemination of knowledge of the GPP in Government Authorities and other public bodies through the provision of information and training. Moreover, roundtables could be the occasion to identify products and services about their environmental impact and measuring the procurement processes and environmental criteria to be included in tender specifications.

 The expert of ARPA Lombardia, Mr Loenzo Bonardi illustrates how Italy is pioneer and innovative on GPP being the first State of EU to make the CAM (Minimum Environmental Criteria) be an obligation and how the purpose of the National Action Plan is to promote the dissemination of the GPP to public bodies and facilitate the necessary conditions so that the GPP can achieve its full potential as an instrument for improving the environment. The measures to be adopted under the National Action Plan, particularly based on the minimum environmental criteria, will make it possible to guide public bodies on the application of the GPP and to have the instruments to find out about and support GPP strategies, to include through the dissemination of instruments for the wider promotion of greener goods, services and contracts of works.

Afterwards, it follows the presentation of Calabria Region, Mr Gabriele Alitto who gives an overview of provided activities on GGP by Calabria Region: dissemination and educational campaigns done in some municipalities with actions addressed to cover all areas of the Region. Mrs Elvira Costantino, Procurement Department, Calabria Region illustrates how Calabria Region is already a step ahead in the GPP Institutionalization, while with a  Regional Committee Deliberation no. 295 of the 11.08.2015 session, Calabrian  Region Government gave formal regulation in the matter of green procurement and at the same time activated a propulsive function towards the territorial bodies in the regional geographical area, to create a consumers culture with an environmental sensibility, orientated  to reduce the wastes and to optimize the goods and services’ use.

Mr Nicola Mayerà introduces the importance and the need of training procurers  at regional level. After that, the discussion moves again towards the CAM and the expert from ISPRA 

underlines that a tender is “green” only if respects the CAM in other case can be defined “sustainable” but not a Green Public Procurement. ANAC The Italian National Anti-Corruption Authority. (A.N.AC.), increasing transparency and accountability of the procurement procedures related, should not only provide standard procurement templates but should also monitor what happens at national level on GPP. Arpacal invites the stakeholders to share joint actions, projects dealing with energy issues. Arpacal, Mrs Cristiana Simari Benigno explains which are main activities provided by the Agency and she illustrates the good practices of Arpacal and all interventions of energy efficiency.  The discussion moves towards the LCC and the Market Research. Afterwards, the ESCO invited intervenes asking which can be the role of private companies to participate at the project. Carmine Brescia replies that private companies, ESCOs in particular are the actors and the beneficiaries of energy actions and this is the occasion to involve association of categories to next roundtables.

The debate keeps discussing about training activities, how to organize it, the issues and the topics to discuss during the training days/sessions.

The roundtable continues talking about the incentives and how to stimulate the market to produce green goods and services.

The expert from ISPRA invites the coordinator of GreenS Alessco and Calabria Region to calibrate the project according to the evolution of the normative and of the GPP policies because the project it has been written three years ago.

Carmine Brescia thanks all participants for the presentations and the fruitful discussion and asks Filippo Giglio to inform about the future steps.

Filippo Giglio informs that the topic for the next discussion will be related to:

  • training activities (at regional level) – state of art, difficulties and perspectives 
  •  the GPP policies of the Italian Ministry for the Environment
  • the Italian Public Procurement Agency, Consip SpA to support territories
  • the local market – experiences and expectation for SMEs
  • the italian normative in the european context , innvation and new technologies

Next roundtable is planned to be organized in April or May 2017, he thanks all participants for the attendance and active discussions.

Steering committee meeting video