Construction cranes, clouds and blue sky are reflected against the glass sides of a new building

Photo: Tim H├╝fner / Unsplash

Government purchasing accounts for 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions. It follows, then, that building environmental requirements into these purchases can drive down governments’ share of this pollution and help countries meet their climate goals.

The most effective way to maximize these benefits is to place special focus on the sectors most damaging to the climate: particularly construction and road transport.

SEI researchers, with support from Breakthrough Energy , dove deep into the EU’s policies on what is known as Green Public Procurement (GPP), the practice of public purchasing with a priority on environmental harm reduction.

Please join us for this illuminating free webinar on 31 January, in which the team will present their findings, highlighting their case studies of eight EU Member States and their common strengths and weaknesses in policy and practice. SEI’s researchers will identify solutions and recommendations on how authorities at the EU, national, regional and local levels can accelerate their decarbonization efforts through thoughtful procurement in construction and road transport.


Welcome, Astrid Nilsson Lewis, SEI (5 min)

Presentation of project findings and policy recommendations, Astrid Nilsson Lewis, SEI (25 min)

Panel discussion and Q&A, moderated by Katarina Axelsson, SEI (25 min)


  • Astrid Nilsson Lewis, Research Associate, SEI
  • Evelin Piirsalu, Senior Expert, SEI
  • Nancy Gillis, Programme Head, Climate Action & First Movers Coalition, World Economic Forum
  • Anna Esteve Traveset, Technician, Environmental Qualification Service, Directorate-General for Environmental Quality and Climate Change Ministry of Climate Action, Food and Rural Agenda, Government of Catalonia
  • Ronja Bechauf, Policy Analyst, International Institute for Sustainable Development

Closing words, Astrid Nilsson Lewis, SEI (5 min)

A recording will be sent to all registrants after the event. So even if you cannot make it, please feel free to sign up!

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