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The criteria development process for Windows and External Doors has been put on hold. The draft criteria set developed in discussion with stakeholders from industry, NGO and member states does, in the context of existing legislation related to construction and buildings, not provide sufficient environmental benefits which would justify separate Green Public Procurement provisions.


This is the project website for a pilot study on revising EU Green Public Procurement (GPP) criteria for "Windows and external doors. The study has been carried out by the Joint Research Centre's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC-IPTS) for the European Commission's Directorate General for the Environment.


The purpose of this pilot project was to revise the EU GPP criteria to have updated, clear, verifiable, justifiable and ambitious environmental criteria for this product group, based on a life-cycle approach and scientific evidence base. The GPP criteria could reduce considerably the administrative burden for economic operators and for public administrations implementing GPP. In addition, this work aims at collecting the scientific basis to develop other environmental policy tools such as EU Ecolabel or Ecodesign in the coming years. EU Ecolabel criteria will award the best environmental performance windows and external doors while the Ecodesing criteria that will set up the minimum environmental performance of this product group.


The draft GPP criteria for windows and external doors and the background document are based on information collected from stakeholders of industry, NGOs and Member States. The evidence base uses available scientific information and data, adopts a life-cycle approach.

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