European policy

Stichting NMD aims to ensure a uniform Assessment Method to support policies on climate, raw materials and waste, and circular construction. This Assessment Method is continually aligned with European and national circular construction developments, following consultation with market parties and the government.

In that framework, it is helpful to outline the European context, including:

  • European platforms
  • Regulations
  • Harmonisation and normalisation of assessment methods
  • Green Public Procurement (GPP).

European platforms

There are ongoing discussions in various European platforms, including on circularity, the environmental performance of construction works and assessment methods for this, construction and other products, building installations, etc. and how these are declared. The discussions help develop uniform assessment methods for the characteristics of construction works and products incorporated in these. Member states are free to set their own limit values for this.

This discussion takes place in three key podia/platforms:

  1. EU Circular Action Plan – for a cleaner and more competitive Europe
  2. EU project LEVEL(s) – the European framework for sustainable buildings
  3. EU communication ‘A renovation wave for Europe – greening our buildings, creating jobs, improving lives’

Read more about the European platforms here

Regulations

European policy is mainly implemented through regulations and directives, including:

  • Construction Products Regulation
  • Energy-related Products Directive (Ecodesign)
  • Single Market for Green Products Initiative
  • Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

Read more about regulations and directives for sustainable buildings here

Harmonisation and normalisation of assessment methods

LEVEL(S) works towards harmonisation by providing a framework for sustainable buildings at the level of construction works.

  1. European normalisation for construction works and construction products generally takes place at the European normalisation institute, CEN.
  2. CEN-CENELEC does this for energy-related products, including products permanently incorporated in construction works. CENELEC (Comité Européen de Normalisation electrotechnique) is responsible for European normalisation in electrical engineering.

Read more about harmonisation and normalisation for sustainable building assessment methods here

 

Promoting Green Public Procurement

The Green Public Procurement (GPP) Communication states that public procurement can influence production and consumption trends and that public authorities can open or expand markets for environmentally-friendly products and services by demanding ‘greener’ goods. This stimulates companies to develop environmentally-friendly technologies. Green Public Procurement is defined as ‘a process whereby public authorities seek to procure goods, services and works with a reduced environmental impact throughout their life cycle when compared to goods, services and works with the same primary function that would otherwise be procured’.

GPP is a voluntary instrument, which means that member states and public authorities can decide the extent to which they implement this. European Green Public Procurement criteria are available for the design, construction and maintenance of such things as:

Procurement themes and criteria used by the national government can be found on the PIANOo website 
Relevant product groups for this area are: