October, 2016 – Steering Committee discuss Latvian trader knowledge in products and services that fulfil Green Public Procurement criteria
19 October, 2016 in the premises of Riga City Council Latvian GreenS project Steering Committee members gathered to share the news from the field of GPP and to find the results of the activates, that have recently happened in the field. This event was held as a part of Riga Energy days 2016.
Ms. Aija Zučika and Mr. Jānis Brizga, the representatives of Riga Planning Region and project GreenS, presented the results of market research that was made on September – October 2016 together with GreenS expert Jānis Brizga. The topics are – Indoor and outdoor lighting; office equipment (IT); imagining equipment; office building design, construction and management.
Ms. Lāsma Ozola, the representative of direct purchasing group and project manager of the Latvian Rural Advisory and Training Centre, introduced the direct purchasing group activities and provided with an example of realized catering green public procurement in Waldorf School. The direct purchasing group has been developed 6 years ago in Latvia with the aim to buy local eco food directly from the small and medium sized farms. There are 26 groups (16 in Riga) already in Latvia and there are around 30 participants in each group. The farmers who are allowed to provide the goods are only those, who have biological farming certificates. The goods which are selected are local and seasonal.
The changes, what have been noticed in purchasers’ behaviour, since they have started to participate in the group, are:
- 62% use more biological food;
- 39% use more local food;
- 39% do less shopping, once a week;
- 7% have started to eat more seasonal.
Ms. Lāsma Ozola gave introduction of food purchasing example based on GPP in school of Waldorf. The aim for the purchase was to buy biological certificated vegetables for the school canteen. The main conclusion was that realization of such procurements needs to be planned in advance (in winter time), and if it is planned correctly, the prices difference between GPP procurement and the regular one has no big difference.
Mr. Jānis Rozītis, the representative of World Wildlife Fund, presented Green Offices in Latvia and in Finland. He informed that there are several aspects, how office can affect the environment:
- policy, principles, environmental impact;
- water consumption;
- biological diversity;
- office workers environmental awareness;
Mr. Jānis Rozītis presented that there are 443 green offices and 162 companies/institution and 64 000 workers in Finland. There are 137 green offices in other countries. During period 2007 – 2015 green offices have saved 50 900 CO2 t.
Ms. Linda Ferstere, the representative of company “Bioteka” informed about their experience with ecolabel products. There are 11 shops in Latvia; web page bio.lv and the only eco cosmetic salon in Riga. There are 5 shops in Lithuania. She presented the average consumer specification:
- Inner conviction;
- Starting from 25 years;
- Educated in eco things. Knows what he/she wants.
The reasons why people start to bay eco – things:
- Health problems;
- Family growth;
- Inner conviction.
Ms. Biruta Ģine, from LATVENERGO Energy efficiency centre informed about Energy efficiency labels for different products. She presented the history about how energy efficiency label was created and the difference between the old label and the new one, and gave a specific presentation on energy efficiency label components, what each symbol and number means for different household’s devices.
Steering comitee meeting video.