Italy – Third Steering committee roundtable 27 November 2017

The 3rd GreenS’ roundtable organized by ALESSCO and Calabria Region took place the 27th of November 2017.

Angelo Loiacono welcomes all participants and gives a brief presentation of the Agenda and the main objectives of the day. The President Loiacono, supported by Nicola Mayera from Calabria Region, informs that the aim of this meeting it’s to illustrate to regional association of categories (Calabrian entrepreneurs in the different sectors) the GPP development in the country and in Calabria Region and give an introduction/presentation of the “on-line catalogue”.

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.   

Filippo Giglio, Alessco, Project GreenS Manager, welcomes all the participants and gives a general overview, related outputs, foreseen activities and state of art of the project. Subsequently, he specifies that today’s Roundtable points to start an analysis of the actual state of the “green” market, by involving association of categories to stimulate   entrepreneurs to life cycle analyses or certificating their project with eco – labels. He presents main results achieved and outputs done in Project GreenS, introducing the online catalogue.  At the end of the intervention invites the attendees to next Roundtable.

Cristiana Simeri Benigno, ARPACAL, presents activities and the services provided by the procurement office established in ARPACAL for purchasing green product and services. How activities implemented by GPP procurements, in last years, are in line with the legal framework (national and international), Ecolabel and certifications. She explains to the Association of categories how in the new Code of Contracts (Legislative Decree 50/2016), and with subsequent amendments (Legislative Decree 56/2017), GPP is no longer a voluntary instrument but compulsory. In fact, art. 34 introduced the obligation to apply the “technical specifications” and “contractual clauses” contained in the Minimum Environmental Criteria (CAMs) “for any amount of credit”, for the entire value of the tender.The Decree of 11 January 2017 issued a new technical document for the furnishing sector which contains the “minimum environmental criteria” (CAMs) for public supply of furnishings for all uses (e.g. office furniture, school furniture, furnishings for storage rooms and reading rooms). Environmental criteria can be “basic” or “rewarding”, a contract can be considered “sustainable” if it integrates at least all the basic criteria; however, contracting stations are also encouraged to use the award criteria. According to the European Commission’s guidelines to provide the market with an adequate information, the procurement stations should award prizes no less than 15%, especially where the contract is awarded in the form of the most economically advantageous tender. In addition, to facilitate the verification activity by the supplier and the contracting entities of the compliance with the required environmental characteristics, at the end of each criterion, a “verification” provided the information on the documentation to be attached to participate in the public tender, the tests method required and the checks at the time of contract execution. Given that public purchases in the EU countries account for about 19% of GDP (about 15% in Italy) it is clear how the power of public demand can address the market to goods and services with lesser environmental impacts, thus becoming an instrument for orienting towards innovation in the sustainability and at the same time promoting the diffusion of environmental certifications. Moreover, ecolabels, in the Code of Contracts (Legislative Decree 50/2016), are a tool for finding criteria.


She keeps giving a general overview of the strategic paper on the development of a circular economy in Italy, with a supporting manifesto signed by leading businesses.  – ‘Towards a circular economy model for Italy’.  The new paper has been published by the Italian Ministry of the Environment and Ministry of Economic Development and seeks to provide an overview of the circular economy and clarify the strategic positioning of Italy on the topic. It also links the circular economy with other commitments but policymakers and industries around the world,such as the Paris Agreement, UN Sustainable Development agenda, and the European Union. She closes her intervention mentioning ECOLABAL and EMAS and how purchasers and suppliers can easily identify environmentally-friendly products and how they match with GPP Directive.

Subsequently, Angelo Loiacono introduces Nicoletta Perrotti (Province of Cosenza – Public procurement office responsible).

She tells the positive experience of the Public Tender developed with the support of ALESSCO (pilot project): Food and Catering Services contracted by the Municipality of Cassano allo Jonio. How the tender points to help encourage sustainability in the catering sector and above all in schools by providing a sizeable launch market for innovative solutions. How the Procurement office (Province of Cosenza) aims at bringing together public and private buyers to publish a series of tenders for eco-innovative catering products, services and solutions. She highlights how the innovative approach, being used by the Province of Cosenza in cooperation with Alessco, has been positively accepted and supported by the Municipality of Cassano to procure more environmentally and socially sustainable, and at the same time to boost innovative catering services towards a more “green” market, also trigging a “domino” effect. Moreover, the beneficiary is a School closely linked to cultural heritage and wellbeing. The way people eat is seen as a reflection of societal values, providing children with nutritional and social principles which are believed to remain with them into their adult life. School meals are therefore a critical issue within most European countries, as they cut to the heart of citizen’s values and family life.

Later, Angelo Loiacono speaks to the Association of Categories involved at the roundtable, asking them, first, to give a general overview of the regional scenario regarding the GPP and how SMEs and the “world” of enterprises perceive it.

Rosario Branda – Director of Confindustria Cs (Association of Industrialists) starts his intervention saying that large companies in general have more experience in responding to GPP initiatives, due to their greater capacity for environmental management and GPP request and on the contrary, in Calabria, on average, the size of companies are small SMEs; he underlines how there are not policies, promoting GPP to SMEs, so the purpose of the roundtable and of future meetings like this, should boost participation of SMEs in the knowledge and raise their awareness on green public procurement process while aiming at improving their environmental performance (of their processes and/or of their products), thus merging SMEs development and GPP.  He confirms to intention of Confindustria to sign the MoC and their participation at the next roundtables. Carmine Brescia askes all participants to introduce and tell the participants which is the state of art of the companies (if they know it), regarding and related to GPP and how probably a training activity are needed so Alessco is ready to organize training activities and to organize monthly meetings with companies in different sectors according to their needs. All participants confirm the signature of the MoC and the lack of training inside companies and Carmine Brescia confirms the willingness and the availability to organize future training activities and give companies support and technical assistance on it. Carmine Brescia communicates them that, even if procurers are main beneficiaries of the training, it will be informed and involved in any case also in future training activities. He also explains that a questionnaires willbe sent to all and receive a feedback from companies because Alessco (Mariolina Pastore gives the information)  has sent 485 questionnaires to all companies at national level with a very law level of response and probably the tools used (emails and phone calls) resulted very weak so they ask association of categories a support to have a feedback in the questionnaires.  So Carmine Brescia promises to send the questionariies as soon it will be ready to all partners. Carmine Brescia informs that presentations will be sent to all participants and the video of the day will be available on YouTube Project GreenS channel. The next seminar is planned to be organized in December 2017 and he closes the meeting.

Steering committee meeting