Opportunities for Green Public Procurement to improve implementation of circular practice (Opps4GPP Project)



The Opps4Gpp Project is a joint project between the Timber Engineering Research Group at the National University of Ireland Galway, Galway City Council, Galway County Council, CARO and the Department of Education. The objectives of the Opps4GPP Project are to identify and examine opportunities for green public procurement (GPP) in Ireland, quantify the associated costs and benefits, and disseminate findings to relevant public bodies and key stakeholders. The project is primarily, but not exclusively, focused on GPP in relation to public building projects. It will involve whole life cycle assessment (LCA) of case study public building projects, recommendation of GPP criteria and metrics for adoption in Ireland, and development of an innovation systems approach to critically evaluate and address implementation gaps in both GPP policy and practice in Ireland.


The main objectives of the Opps4GPP Project are:

  • To identify opportunities for GPP in Ireland through policy and practice review at local, regional, national and international levels.
  • To carry out lifecycle assessment (LCA) of existing and/or planned public building projects as part of a case study which will include a comparison of design and specification with and without recommended GPP criteria to assess the environmental impacts e.g. of material substitution effects, design for disassembly and reuse.
  • To quantify the costs and benefits of GPP in Ireland via economic, social and spatial and environmental impact assessment, including modelling of value chains for circular construction in Ireland.
  • To develop  training material on LCA and GPP criteria for adoption by public bodies in Ireland

Project Team

NUI Galway Team

Project Partners

 There are four project partners:

  • CARO - Atlantic Seaboard North
  • Department of Education
  • Galway City Council
  • Galway County Council

News and Events

12/05/22 - Opps4GPP kick-off meeting  

 The Opps4GPP team had their kick-off meeting led by Dr Patrick McGetrick of the Timber Engineering Research Group at NUI Galway.



Project publications will appear here once published.


The Opps4GPP project (Project Ref: 2021-GCE-1039) is funded under the EPA Research Programme 2021-2030 and co-funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The EPA Research Programme is a Government of Ireland initiative funded by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications.