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Voluntary Green Public Procurement (GPP) criteria for data centres and food & catering (GEN – 1101.00)

24 March 2020

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Voluntary Green Public Procurement (GPP) criteria for data centres and food & catering (GEN – 1101.00)

24 March 2020

2 min read

GEN – 1101.00. The staff document on data servers covers the routes to procure data centres and includes a set of environmental criteria covering the whole life cycle from design and use, to end-of-life. The document on food and catering is of a more general nature. This is accompanied by a guide to calculate the Life Cycle Cost of vending appliances, including refrigerated vending machines.

Green Public Procurement

The GPP criteria are designed to make it easier for public authorities to purchase goods, services and work with reduced environmental impacts. The use of the GPP criteria is voluntary.

Environmentally conscious Member States tend to apply the GPP criteria.

There are GPP criteria for 20 subjects/products. Among these, one will find:

  • Data centres, server rooms and cloud services (2020)
  • Food and catering services (2019)
  • Office Building Design, Construction and Management (2016)
  • Water-based Heaters (2014)

Life Cycle Cost

Up to now, tools for five products have been developed. Only the one regarding vending machines is relevant to Eurovent.

Commission staff document Data Centres

For the HVACR industry, one aspect out of four tends to catch the attention; the aspect that deals with building and equipping data centres. The criteria include provisions for the recycling of components, a points scheme to weigh the impact of refrigerants (to be calculated to Annex IV of the F-Gas Regulation 517/2014) and others. Appendix 1 includes operating classes for air cooling, while Appendix 2 deals with liquid cooling (and related equipment chillers, cooling towers, etc.).

Commission staff document Food Catering services and vending machines–

The 100-page staff document tends to deal mainly with the different types of foodstuff and their conservation requirements.

Of note is that a Life Cycle Costing Tool for GPP of Vending Machine Services was developed. The scope of this tool differs from the scope of the recent Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Regulations for refrigeration appliances with a direct sales function. The tool itself covers:

  1. Refrigerated non-transparent fronted can and bottle machines where the products are held in (vertical or horizontal) stacks
  2. Refrigerated transparent fronted can and bottle, confectionery and/or snack machines
  3. Refrigerated transparent fronted machines entirely for perishable foodstuffs
  4. Refrigerated multi-temperature transparent fronted machines
  5. Drink machines dispensing hot drinks or dispensing both hot & cold drinks

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Manufacturers of equipment for data centres and vending machines may find it useful to consider these criteria as they may be confronted with them in future.

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