REPORT PROMOTING THE PARTICIPATION OF SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZE ENTERPRISES IN GREEN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT
Small and medium size enterprises have a big impact on the world. They employ more than one-third of workers worldwide—52% in developing economies—and contribute to innovation and trade. But SMEs often face difficulties complying with sustainability standards, and their environmental impact can be significant.
Promoting the participation of Small and Medium Size Enterprises in Green Public Procurement outlines barriers that Small and Medium Size Enterprises face taking part in Green Public Procurement, as well as recommendations to integrate Small and Medium Size Enterprises into Green Public Procurement to improve their environmental performance.
EUROPEAN ASSISTANCE FOR INNOVATION PROCUREMENT
The European public sector faces big public interest challenges, like health and aging, climate change and energy, and resource scarcity; it’s also under pressure to modernize and deliver high-quality public services.
Innovation procurement empowers governments to obtain pioneering, customised solutions and give taxpayers quality services while saving costs: Studies show that innovation procurement creates on average 20% savings on public procurement expenditure – about one fifth of Europe’s GDP, or around € 2,400 billion a year.
Over the past three years, the European Assistance for Innovation Procurement initiative has been helping public procurers develop and implement innovation procurement through trainings, workshops, 12 videos and a knowledge-packed online toolkit. It also promotes benefits and best practices across Europe where, under Horizon 2020, there is increased support for groups of officials who collaborate on innovation procurement.
Access All Three EAFIP Modules Toolkits Online: