Introduction to Green Procurement


Half-day course

CPD Credit: 3 hours, C1

Course Aim

This course addresses green procurement in the Irish public sector. It is designed for those working in and for the public sector who are interested in understanding green procurement principles, policies and procedures, within the context of the EPA’s technical GPP guidance on building construction and maintenance.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course all participants will be able to:

  • By the end of the course all participants will be able to:
  • Understand frameworks
  • Understand green procurement procedures allowed under EU Regulations
  • Benchmark GPP and sustainability requirements appearing with comparable tenders published by other contracting authorities.
  • Understand whole-of-life costing approaches.
  • Identify actions that can be taken to minimise the environmental impacts of activities including by changes to the supply chain
  • Be aware and pro-active with regard to national energy efficiency obligations/targets, emerging in legislation (Energy Efficiency Regs 2014) and in CAP policies, SEAI guidelines etc.

Trainer Profiles

Dr Peter Brennan

Peter has 40 years’ experience in both public and private sector procurement and tendering, at both national and international levels. In recent years Peter has carried out projects for Government Departments, the Oireachtas, State Agencies, Local Authorities, the European Commission and a wide variety of private sector clients.

Peter’s areas of expertise include evaluation studies, strategic planning and public procurement policy.

Peter is a member of the Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) and is a regular speaker at its international conferences. He successfully lobbied Government to have the rules changed so that SMEs get a better opportunity to tender for government contracts; Circular 10/10 issued by the Department of Finance is based in good measure on his proposals.

As well as being Chairman of Bid Management Services, Peter was President of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce in 2010. He is also Chairman of the Institute of European Affairs Climate Change Project, a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisors, and an active member of the Institute of Directors and the Small Firms Association.

James Farrell

James has extensive hands-on experience in public purchasing. He has highly relevant formal qualifications including BCL primary degree, Solicitor, Diploma in European Law, and Diploma in Public Procurement. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the EU and Irish public procurement regimes gained from fifteen years first-hand experience as well as extensive knowledge and insights gained from Irish, UK and ECJ case-law on public procurement matters. James has a unique wealth of knowledge and experience of public purchasers’ priorities and the legal, administrative, and practical constraints to which they are subject.

Sustainability Badge

Engineers Ireland supports the Sustainable Development Goals. This event contributes to Engineers Ireland's Sustainability Framework.

Please contact the Team for further information on scheduled course dates and In-Company options. You can reach us by phone: 01 665 1305 or email