Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2013
Policy Type:Economic Instruments>Direct investment>Procurement rules
Policy Target:Appliances, Buildings, Commercial services/Tertiary
Agency:Federal Institute for Sustainable Development and Brussels Capital Region
Legal References:General policy framework for public contracts (among other things energy efficiency): - Circular of 16 May, 2014 (PDF) - Integration of sustainable development, including social clauses and measures in favor of SMEs, within the framework of public contracts procured by federal contracting agencies (Belgian Official Gazette (Moniteur belge), 21 May, 2014, p. 40529-40553) Energy efficiency in public contracts: - Royal Decree of 13 July 2014 (PDF) on the energy efficiency requirements within the framework of certain contracts for the acquisition of products, services and buildings (Belgian Official Gazette, 18 July, 2014, p 54390 -. 54393 Relating to vehicles and public contracts: - Circular 307 quienquies (13 July 2009) (PDF) Purchase of passenger vehicles intended for government services and for public utilities (Belgian Official Gazette, 3 August, 2009) - Royal Decree (20 December 2010) (PDF) on the promotion of clean and energy efficient vehicles within the framework of public contracts (Belgian Official Gazette, 24 December 2010).

The Belgian Federal government subscribes to the goal of the European Council and the European commission of 50% sustainable procurement procedures for all federal public procurements. Sustainable procurement procedures are compliant with the instructions given in the federal circulars concerning sustainable public procurement. There is a guide for public procurement of supplies and services available for the contracting authorities of the Federal Public Services. In this guide voluntary guidelines and technical requirements are included to promote and improve energy efficiency.

Brussels Capital region

Since 2009, the Brussels Government has taken measures to include ecological and sustainable development criteria in its procurement contracts. These measures are mandatory for the regional public administrations and optional for the municipal public administrations.

Standard specifications, a help desk and a central sustainable procurement office have been put in place for these administrations. The COBRACE recently increased the list of criteria which have to be included in public purchases, such as the energy performance of buildings.

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