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Towards mandatory SPP for buildings/works


  • Roberto Caranta – [email protected]
    Roberto Caranta is a Full professor with the Law Department of the University of Turin (Italy), Coordinator of Sustainability and Procurement in International, European, and National Systems – SAPIENS -International Training Network (SAPIENS-ITN – H2020 – MSCA ITN: Grant 956696) and Vice chair of the Procurement Review Board of the European Space Agency. For many years he directed the Master’s program on Public Procurement management for Sustainable Development with ITCILO. Together with Kirsi Maria Halonene, he is editing the European Procurement Law Series With Albert Sanchez, he edited European Public Procurement. Commentary to Directive 2014/24/EU (Elgar Publishing, 2021).


The European Green Deal and the Circular Economy Action Plan are bringing about a tectonic shift in public procurement from the traditional market opening approach focused on ‘how to buy’ towards a framework for ‘what’ is bought. Buildings account for 40% of the EU’s energy consumption and 36% of energy-related direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions. In the EU, heating, cooling and domestic hot water account for 80% of households’ energy. Logically, buildings are at the core of EU policy and legislation proposals aiming at fighting climate change. This article focuses on the role SPP is to play with reference to buildings and more generally to works procurements and this specifically in the light of the reform proposals following from the European Green Deal and the Circular Economy Action Plan. It highlights both the progress proposed and the limitations that may yet be corrected during the legislative process.


Building, Energy efficiency, Green deal, Procurement.


Cite this article

Caranta, R. (2022). Towards Mandatory SPP for Buildings/Works. European Journal of Public Procurement Markets, 4(1), 9-22.