Decree of the Ministry of Environment and Protection of Land and Sea April 4, 2013

The Interministerial Decree of 11 April 2008 concerning the National Action Plan on Green Public Procurement (PAN GPP), as well known, signs a turning point in the management of the Public Procurement thanks to the introduction of the Minimum Environmental Criteria (CAM) for certain categories of goods.
The Ministry of Environment and Protection of Land and Sea has taken steps to revise this document in 2013 with a decree that, continuing the path towards a more sustainable management of purchases in Public Administration,introduces more revolutionary  and innovative concepts. The text of the law can be downloaded in its entirety in the Downloads section of the web site; here we simply point out some aspects of particular importance:
- The introduction of the criterion of "lowest cost" in place of "lowest price" at the award stage of a tender. The concept of "lowest cost" allows to evaluate the offers with the purchase price considering the so called LCC (Life Cycle Costing);
- The promotion of eco-labeling systems, in particular the European Ecolabel, as instruments of economic competition;
- The confirmation of the strategic environmental objectives set out in point 3.5 of the PAN GPP regarding the reduction of CO2 emissions through energy efficiency and savings in the use of resources; reducing the use of hazardous substances; the quantitative reduction of waste products.