Provincia di Perugia is a Local Authority instituted in 1860, an intermediate level between the Municipalities and the Umbria Region and it has statutory, organisational, administrative and financial autonomy. It represents the community of the Province, it protects its interests and promotes and coordinates economic, social, civil and cultural development. It is located in the centre of Italy and is the bigger one of the two Provinces of the Umbria Region (about the 70% of the Umbria territory).
Main competences of Body are: Environment and energy, management of educational buildings, civil protection, road conditions, local growth, education and training, culture and tourism. Specific skills are in the management of EU projects in several sectors as well as to manage all procurement procedures and ecological criteria in purchsing of products and services with low environmental impact.
Since 2008 the Province of Perugia adopted the approach of the Green Public Procurement, by integrating proper environmental criteria in the procurement procedure to stimulate the eco-market and motivate local industry to innovate. This approach is based on the conviction that greening the procurement process does not only benefit the environment but it also contributes to improving the image of the local government. Taking health and environmental aspects into account when spending public money reflects the general expectations of the citizens, and living up to these expectations would prove the credibility of citizens’ representatives. Therefore the Province started to work on the definition and implementation of a new internal model based on the environmental and social responsibility within its own territory and also based on the reduction of environmental impact of the public body. In 2009 the Province adopted the first Triennial Programme for green public purchasing.
In 2009 also the Macro project called “ Provincia Verde- Green Province- Green Public Procurement” started, involving several stakeholders, public managers and employees and citizens by means of several actions to foresee public procedures to purchase informatics equipment with low environmental impact and fuel saving; actions of practical energetic conservation by the collection and dissemination of good practices of eco-compatible behaviors amongst public employees.