The Flemish Department of Environment, Nature and Energy provided subsidies to municipalities for among others GPP within the cooperation agreement (2008-2013).
The Flemish Department of Environment, Nature and Energy provided subsidies to municipalities signing the cooperation agreement (2008-2013). Signing up meant municipalities had to comply with the basic requirements. Extra subsidies could voluntary be earned with actions at award level or projects. One of the 10 themes was environmentally optimal product use. Within this theme the basic requirements were that municipalities should use of wood of sustainable exploitation, certified debris in tenders and passive sensitisation. At award level they should use ecological products in their own organisation and also promote them among target groups (product groups: compost, debris, materials from gerecycled plastics, office supplies, catering, organic products, cleaning products, wood preservatives, paints and varnishes, products from recognised recycling centres). For these product groups GPP guidelines were developed. Approved projects to stimulate environmentally optimal product use could be covered for 50%. The evaluation was based on yearly reports. For a lot of municipalities, this meant the start of GPP in their organisation.

Resources needed

30 000 000 in subsidies. Subsidy amounts depended on number of inhabitants and area of the municipality. Basis got 1,7€/inh + 1,4€/ha (minimum of 20.000€). Award was 30.000€ x max FTE sustainability officials determined in the contract. Projects got 1,7€/inh + 1,4€/ha x 61,1%.
FTE at Flemish level.

Evidence of success

88% of 308 Flemish municipalities and all provinces signed the agreement and reached at least the basic level.
For a lot of municipalities, this meant the start of GPP in their organisation. Many continued doing so after 2013. (However, FSC also noticed a certain decline in use of FSC-labeled wood after the termination of the cooperation agreement.)
The agreement provided a framework, also streamlining GPP efforts and the creation of supporting instruments.

Difficulties encountered

The administrative burden for local authorities

Potential for learning or transfer

This approach can easily be transferred to other European regions as an incentive for local authorities to start with GPP, when mandatory GPP seems not achievable.

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Project
Main institution
Flemish Government - Department of Environment, Nature and Energy
Location
Région de Bruxelles-Capitale / Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium (Belgique-België)
Start Date
January 2008
End Date
December 2014

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