Italy – Second Steering committee roundtable 28 March 2017

The 2nd GreenS’ roundtable organized by ALESSCO and Calabria Region took place the 28th of March 2017. Nicola Mayerà welcomes all participants, gives a brief presentation of the day and presents the Agenda, the methodology and the aim the roundtable inviting all participants to introduce themselves and to tell which the expectations of the Steering Committees are.

Training activities and programmes in GeenS

Nicola Mayerà gives and overview on the project and on the state of art at national level concerning the normative on GPP, certifications and Italian market related to GPP.    

Livia Mazzà, linking to the previous discussion, explains and illustrates the GPP frame and scenario at EU and national level, projects approved, and Public administrations involved in GPP projects and good practice at national level according to her experiences. She puts the attention on the market and on the world of SMEs. She illustrates the role of national policies and normative on certification through green public procurement approaches. The discussion moved on how GPP policies and law and how it should be used as a lever to stimulate a green national & regional economy. It is a market incentive to develop green products and service. She explains as best practice the experience of Sardinia, an island region forming part of Italy, with a population of just over 1.6 million people.  The government of Sardinia has invested significantly in the implementation of green public procurement (GPP) in its regional offices since 2007.  GPP policy has been used as a lever to stimulate a green regional economy and part of which included the “Sardinia Buy Green” campaign, a communication campaign aimed at raising awareness of GPP.  The Action Plan included workshops on GPP for regional officials and the establishment of GPP information and technical support desks.    

Elvira Costantino outlines next foreseen activities by Calabria Region: training activities andeducational campaigns addressed to procurers of Calabria Region. She also illustrates how Calabria Region is already a step ahead in the GPP Institutionalization.

Elvira Costantino outlines next foreseen activities by Calabria Region: training activities and educational campaigns addressed to procurers of Calabria Region. She also illustrates how Calabria Region is already a step ahead in the GPP Institutionalization.

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

Training and capacity building programme (WP 4 Task 4.3)

It was decided to start training Days by providing 6 sessions to be performed on the whole regional territory (one for each province).

A preliminary program has been prepared for the first 5 sessions, in particular the following topics will be discussed:

Objectives and results of the GREENS project, the GPP in Europe and in the direct funding programs of the EC (by ALESSCO)

• Italian and Regional regulations on GPP (by the Calabria Region)

• Experiences of application of GPP and environmental brands and certifications (by ARPACAL)

• LCC (Life Cycle Cost) – LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) (by UNICAL ?? – to be defined)

During the first 5 training days the participants’ problems will be collected (through questionnaires) that will be dealt with in a final joint session to be held in Catanzaro.

It would be useful to organize the next “Roundtables for Steering Committees” on the same day of the training sessions to involve expert Stakeholders also in the training activities.

The Calabria Region will evaluate the possibility of integrating the activity with other training courses already started by the Institute.

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

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:

Here below main topics and issues debated in the roundtable:

  • Obstacles to the diffusion and take up of the GPP (Normative/law & market)
  • The role of Local and regional entities and association of categories
  • The role of CONSIP and other regional & central purchasing bodies in GPP

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

Steering committee meeting video