On 22 March, 2017 in the premises of Riga City Council GreenS project Latvian Steering Committee members gathered together to learn good practices and discuss about NGO’s role to facilitate GPP implementation, as well as to find out about GreenS project ongoing results – the technical templates for GPP realization and the online catalogue development.
Ms. A.Zučika, representative from GreenS project, Riga planning region, gave an opening words and introduced the current GreenS project results – the online catalogue and the technical templates for three product groups: Computer and monitors, street lighting and traffic, as well as transport.
Mrs. J.Simanovska, chairperson of Eco-design competence center, presented a NGO role facilitating GPP. The expert stressed out that the NGO sector had knowledge and capacity to provide services for the municipalities, but the problem was that municipalities have been not willing to pay for that. The changes in legislation is the main tool, how to force municipalities to cooperate with NGO sector experts.
Mrs. E.Rudzīte, the representative from Iksķile school administration division, explained the experience of realizing the vegetarian catering for school children. She gave a detailed overview about the challenges that the school was facing in terms of Latvian legislation requirements for school catering.
Mrs. I.Neimane, the project “Foodlinks” coordinator from Tukums municipality introduced the experience of municipalities understanding the importance of cooperation. She stressed out three important things that were indicated for municipalities to gain better results in GPP process:
- Exchange of knowledge and practical experience;
- Municipalities readiness to use the knowledge and accept it;
- Indication and involvement of all stakeholders.
Mr. A.Jansons, NGO Homo Ecos leader, presented green festival concept. He introduced the NGO provided service to help festivals become green festivals. He also showed few examples from already organized ones. Mr. A.Jansons also introduced in details the festival “Komēta” green principles and ended his presentation with conclusion that governmental sector with their own good examples can be a tiger for changes in society.
Mr. O.Balcers, EKOenergy brand coordinator in Latvia, introduced the electricity eco certification process in Latvia. He gave overview about the actual situation and introduced some examples in nature protection projects, which have been realized from the gained certification money.
Mr. M.Klismets, the director of Coordination division of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development informed the participants about the new public procurement law, approval process of the regulation of Cabinet of Ministers on GPP and introduced in details about the actions planed for GPP support in 2017 and the new aim to reach 40% GPP of all PP in 2020.
Steering comitee meeting video.
Presentations (in latvian)
J.Simanovska: “NGO role in GPP”.
I.Neimane: “Civil initiatives to influence GPP”.
A. Jansons: “Green festivals – principles and good examples”. Festival Komēta.
M. Klismets: “GPP facilitation actions in 2017”.