EC proposes changes to public procurement rules

The European Commission has tabled a legislative proposal to reform public procurement. The aim is to modernise existing rules and help public bodies use public procurement to achieve EU objectives in areas such as climate and energy.

One of the main proposals on green public procurement (GPP) is to write the life-cycle costing (LCC) approach into EU legislation. In practice, this proposal is unlikely to boost GPP in Europe since procurement officers can already apply LCC and they will remain free to choose whether to use it or not.

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