“Slovak colleagues have a very interesting experience in applying the environmental criteria for the selection of various goods and services, but Ukraine already has something to demonstrate as well. Today, we have 25 successfully conducted pilot tenders, where special requirements for environmental protection were applied. Sustainable (green) procurements are more than real in Ukraine under two main conditions: the customer’s desire, guided by the Art. 22 of the Law on Public Procurement, to apply environmental criteria for selection, and available competent experts capable of applying such criteria. That is why the project “Transferring Experience with GPP in Slovakia to Ukraine” was launched. As a project expert, I am grateful to its team for cooperation and I hope that, by uniting the efforts of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, ProZorro and the Government Office for European and Euro-atlantic Integration, we will achieve significant results in order to make public procurement in Ukraine more efficient, as well as more environmental and social oriented “, – said Mrs. Berzina.
General Director of State Entreprise “PROZORRO” Vasily Zadvorny noted that the electronic tender platform of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade is probably the most convenient tool for procurement. It is transparent, easy to use and absolutely democratic. This year, the ProZorro team plans to add a “life cycle of the product” criteria to the platform options, which is probably the main criteria for GPP:
“The key to success in our work is the formula “government – business – community “. In my opinion, this is an ideal formula for the efficient implementation of any reforming and economic development, including GPP. After all, the balance of interests of all three groups is the basis for the prosperity of the country. “
Green procurement not only improves the environmental background but also saves local budgets. This opinion was confirmed by Vladislav Lytvyn, deputy director of the Department of Economic Development and Trade of the Kyiv Region State Administration, based on specific figures he presented to the audience:
“In 2018, the Kyiv region concluded contracts totally worth 4.2 billion UAH. The huge part of procurements was held at ProZorro online service. It saved regional budget 206.2 million UAH. And if these contracts were conducted under the “green” criteria – we are convinced that we could save even more money. In my opinion, the most promising areas for the application of GPP mechanism are the construction and reconstruction of social facilities. They must be both ecological and energy-saving. I’d like to share with you some results that we have already achieved in this direction: the first social building in Ukraine that was built according to the “passive house” standard, was recently put into operation in Kyiv region. This is a paramedic station in the village Podenki of the Vyshgorodsky district. Ut is not only equipped with modern medical equipment, but it also has an extremely high level of thermal insulation and ventilation – thus, it’s fully energy-efficient “, – said Mr. Lytvyn.
“But I think that the core task is not only the budget saving but the change of the civil servants’ approach towards tender procedures. Training is an important part of the economy reformation, that is why the online course developed by Ukrainian and Slovak experts (GoLOCAL and SCCD), is extremely topical for us. I believe that it can qualitatively change the approaches of existing managerial decisions.”
Igor Komendo, director of NGO GoLOCAL, who initiated a GPP project, told about the results achieved by the project team in two past years:
“In 2017 our NGO together with Slovak experts started an international educational project to promote green procurement in Ukraine. The main goal of the project wasn’t only to promote the idea of green procurement in Ukraine but to give PP officers practical skills and knowledge. Today I am proud to say that we have succeeded in achieving this result. We created guidelines on the GPP principles and methods implementation under Ukrainian market conditions, translated into Ukrainian the criteria and recommendations of the European Commission regarding the procurement of certain categories of goods. Our experts also developed the online course for civil servants and conducted training on green procurement. At the result – 24 civil servants of Kyiv region, empowered with new knowledge and skills, are ready to put them into practice. I believe this is a small but very important victory on the way to building a sustainable economy of the country.”
SCCD experts, who have become GoLOCAL’s reliable partners in the implementation of the GPP project, presented to the conference participants the experience of implementing the green procurement culture in Slovakia.
“We are well aware of the difficult situation at which you are at present time – because Slovakia was in the same transitional period a couple of years ago. But at the moment, we have a well-established GPP culture, many positive cases and tangible results for the environment. Such cases as the replacement of vehicles for diesel fuel by electric transport, thermo-modernization of social buildings or the replacement of traditional street lighting for energy saving in Slovak cities have significantly influenced the preservation of the environment and helped to save big amounts of money on local budgets, “said Yuri Revitsky, the Slovak GPP expert.
He noted that at the beginning of reformation the lack of awareness of civil servants was also a problem in Slovakia, but after a number of training programs, the situation has significantly changed for the better.
The second part of the conference was practical. Participants of the conference were invited to take part in imaginary public procurement cases. Civil servants were divided into two groups, each of which had to make a nominal purchase of a specific category of goods. One group was buying detergents, another one was ordering design for the construction of social facilities. The work within groups was facilitated by experts of the Center for Environmental Certification and Labeling. All the participants have perfectly coped with the task.
The GoLOCAL team wants to express its sincere gratitude to all those involved in the project “Transferring Experience with GPP in Slovakia to Ukraine”: stakeholders, partners, donor, online course students, media and citizens who have expressed interest in the green procurement concept. We thank you for your support! Although the project is at the finish line, our work on promoting a sustainable procurement approach is not over. We are moving further. The next step is to develop and improve with our partners the project “Non-price criteria for GPP” within the framework of the EU Association Lab incubator. We will keep you updated!