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ECOGPPxLA - Implementation of ecodesign in green public procurement of urban furniture for local authorities

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Diputació of Barcelona (Barcelona Provincial Council - www.diba.cat) is a Spanish local government institution that promotes the progress and welfare of the public within its territorial boundaries. Currently the province of Barcelona is a network of 311 municipalities with 5.4 million inhabitants in an area of 7719 km². One of the main areas of responsibility of the provincial councils in Spain is to provide legal, technical and economic support and to cooperate with the Province’s town councils and local authorities.

The urban furniture Programme is a specific way to support the local authorities of the Barcelona Province. Its goal is to contribute to the improvement of local public space (squares, streets, parks, etc.) through the distribution of high quality, useful, comfortable and innovative urban furniture items. The Programme has existed since 1990, and for over 20 years it has continuously worked to keep improving the quality of the elements. The urban furniture Programme has been a pioneer in several aspects: in 1996 and 2004 with a bench design (accessibility, ergonomics, certified wood); in 1999 by creating a selective litter bin with several compartments (organic, inorganic and batteries); in 2006 they introduced a new product for the integration of elderly people into public space: training and health spaces for the elderly – an outdoor track of soft exercises specially designed to improve the physical conditions of the elderly and to enhance their well-being.

Currently, there are three main elements in the urban furniture Programme: 1.Training and health spaces for the elderly; 2. Benches and 3.Litter bins. During the current term of office (2008-2011) a total of 290 local authorities are benefiting from 7796 units of these urban furniture products, which are 100% subsidised by the Diputació, equalling €3,206,924.96. In all these elements, Green Public Procurement (GGP) criteria have been used in order to select materials and products with low environmental impact but with high quality performance, for instance, requirements on the use of renewable materials (certified wood), end of life product recyclability, substitution of hazardous substances or durability and extended function.

The latest innovation field on which the urban furniture Programme now focuses is ecodesign and lifecycle criteria implementation for product selection. Ecodesign is the design that allows a product’s environmental impact to be minimised during its whole lifecycle (from raw materials extraction, production, use and end of life waste management/disposal). These criteria have been used to select a litter bin made of 100% recycled plastic. More than 1000 units of these litter bins have been purchased by Diputació and distributed in 2010, across 75 local authorities. Implementation of these ecodesign criteria has saved 33 metric tones of CO2 (vs. use of conventional non recycled product). Overall, the methodology by which ecodesign criteria have been implemented in the green public procurement strategy may easily become a reference model for local authorities of the province, as shown by the fact that the other two Provinces of the Catalan Autonomous Region – Girona and Lleida – have followed some aspects of the model for their respective territories.

Award info
Award category: going green
Award type: diploma
Award year: 2011
Project type
Sector: other
Type of activity:
Keywords: Public space, urban furniture, ecodesign, local authorities, Green Public Procurement (GPP), innovation, public awareness rising on recycling, recycled plastic, litter bins, benches, Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), Certified Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
Short English description: The urban furniture Programme is a specific way to support the local authorities of the Barcelona Province. Its goal is to contribute to the improvement of local public space (squares, streets, parks, etc.) through the distribution of high quality, useful, comfortable and innovative urban furniture items.
Further information
Organisation: Barcelona Provincial Council
Other applicants:
Homepage: http://www.diba.cat/seep/ECOGPPxLA_media_campaign.asp
Level of government: local level
Size of organisation: >100
Number of people involved: 6-10
Country: Spain
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
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ECOGPPxLA - Implementation of ecodesign in green public procurement of urban furniture for local authorities (41.3899238, 2.1511635)
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