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Green Public Procurement (GPP) is set to be implemented in the Philippines. A series of workshops and conferences have been conducted to prepare for its adoption. The most recent one was the “Regional Capacity Building: Measuring Carbon Emissions of Non-Electrical Products and Lifecycle Costing for Construction Works Focusing on Energy Consumed and Material Applications” in Corus Paradise Resort in Port Dickson District, Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus, Malaysia on November 14 to 18, 2016. 

The PS-PhilGEPS delegation to the Green Procurement Conference in Malaysia.

The Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department in Malaysia, in collaboration with the Deutche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammendarbeit (GIZ), and in cooperation with the Malaysian Green Technology Corporation invited delegates from the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia to attend the conference. The conference aimed to train participants on measuring the carbon emission of non-electrical products for GPP implementation. Likewise, it was meant to capacitate and expose the participants to life cycle costing for construction works, focusing on energy consumed materials application.

GIZ Project Director Thomas Lehmann delivers the opening remarks.

Different strategies and initiatives related to GPP were also presented. International experts from Germany, Mr. Siddarth Prakash and Mr. Antony Florian of OEKO Institute, discussed about Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Product Carbon Footprints and Life Cycle Costing, SMART SPP Tool, and Applying LCA for Non-Electrical Products, among others.

Participants from the Philippines discuss ideas during the “Applying LCA for Non-Electrical Products” workshop.

The PS-PhilGEPS delegation was composed of Engr. Edward R. Saddi, Engr. Ian T. Fajarito, and Mr. Jayson C. Erquiza. They have been regularly attending meetings and conferences regarding the development of the technical specifications incorporating green parameters in government procurement.

The next conference is tentatively scheduled to be held in the Philippines on April 2017.

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