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Commission launches new service to help public purchasers go green

The European Commission has launched a new service to deal with enquiries on Green Public Procurement (GPP). The GPP Helpdesk will answer questions related to the use of environmental criteria in tendering procedures. Every year European public authorities spend 17% of EU GDP – around €2,000 billion – on goods, services and works. By using their purchasing power to choose options that respect the environment, they can make an important contribution towards sustainable consumption and production. The Commission provides information on all aspects of Green Public Procurement. The GPP Helpdesk has been created to handle enquiries that fall outside the scope of standard information available. It can be used by all interested parties including procurement officers, policy-makers, public authorities, producers and suppliers, environmental groups and researchers.

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Second EU-Mexico High Level Dialogue on Environment and Climate Change

The second EU-Mexico High Level Dialogue on Environment and Climate Change met in Mexico City on 13-14 April. The talks focused on three broad themes: the green economy, climate change and biodiversity. Both sides acknowledged the key role of a green economy in supporting recovery from recession in both regions and agreed to step up cooperation on eco-innovation. Mexico confirmed its support for the establishment of an intergovernmental platform on biodiversity and ecosystem services (IPBES), similar to the successful model of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Participants also agreed that the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya this October must result in an ambitious post-2010 global biodiversity policy framework, including new targets and milestones. On climate change, parties acknowledged the need to ensure that the political guidance of the Copenhagen Accord is brought into formal negotiating texts at the UN climate conference in Cancún at the end of this year. Parties agreed to cooperate on a project to assess Mexico's needs on the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of greenhouse gas emissions. The results of the meeting will be forwarded to the first EU-Mexico Summit, which will take place in Santander, Spain, on 16 May 2010.

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