Topten PRO - Procurement guidelines for professionals

Commission implementing regulation (EU) 2016/7 establishing the standard form for the European Single Procurement Document Pro is a European web portal helping buyers, professionals, public procurers and large buyers to procure the most energy efficient products available in Europe. Simple to follow guidance based on public procurement rules, Topten Pro guidelines display criteria that can be inserted directly into tender documents, in order to buy the most energy efficient products on the market.

All the products found on comply with these criteria. These products are selected and updated continuously, according to their high energy and environmental performances, independently from the manufacturers.

Procurement Guidelines

Office equipment


Professional refrigerators

  • Storage refrigerators and freezers (pdf or word)
  • Refrigerated display cabinets (pdf or word)
  • Ice cream freezers (pdf or word)
  • Drug cabinets (pdf or word)
  • Minibars and wine coolers (pdf or word)
  • Beverage coolers (pdf or word)
  • Water coolers (pdf or word)


Consumer electronics


Building Components


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Case studies: implementing Topten criteria

Procurers can reduce energy use and spend significantly by using ambitious energy efficiency requirements in tenders such as Topten criteria:

  • Exemplary green power supply for the Consumer Assistance Centre of NWR: pdf or word
  • Finnish Foreign Service includes Topten criteria in Environmental Programme: pdf or word
  • The district of Göttingen goes for EcoTopTen green power: pdf or word
  • The GREEN IT programme to improve IT procurement in the Brussels capital region: pdf or word
  • In Germany, Topten criteria are applied in procurement by many different organisations: pdf
  • Procurement of energy efficient office equipment by SMEs in Portugal: pdf or word

Useful links

Tools and calculators

European Commission - tools for public buyers
EU Green Procurement Toolkit – tools and documentation for public purchasers and GPP trainers
Smart SPP LCC-CO2 – calculation tool for life cycle costs and CO2 emissions
GPP2020 – calculation tool for energy and CO2 reductions over the life cycle of products, services and works
DEEP LCC-CO2 – Life-cycle cost analysis tool (includes energy and water consumption, maintenance and replacements)
Swedish competition authority - public procurement under a supervisory body eye
EST Procurement guide - public procurement guide and support for energy efficiency and renewables bidding

EU legislation

Commission implementing regulation (EU) 2016/7 establishing the standard form for the European Single Procurement Document
Regulation (EU) 2017/1369 setting a framework for energy labelling and repealing Directive 2010/30/EU
Directive (EU) 2019/1161 amending Directive 2009/33/EC on the promotion of clean and energy-efficient road transport vehicles
Directive 2014/25/EU on procurement by entities operating in the water, energy, transport and postal services sectors and repealing Directive 2004/17/EC
Directive 2014/24/EU on public procurement and repealing Directive 2004/18/EC
Directive 2014/23/EU on the award of concession contracts
Directive 2009/125/EC establishing a framework for the setting of ecodesign requirements for energy-related products

Further guidance in EU

Green Public Procurement (GPP) - criteria and guidance by the European Commission
Procura + - Sustainable procurement campaign
Primes – Green Public procurement
GPP2020 – Procurement for a low-carbon economy
ICLEI – Local governments for sustainability
Clean vehicle Europe
TCO development – Swedish certification for IT products
Blue Angel – German environmental label for office equipment, energy&heating, construction, etc
Energy Cities - The european association of local authorities in energy transition Pro links to national partners' Topten.Pro websites and is developed under Topten Act project, supported by the European Union through Horizon 2020 programme.

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Advice and support

For further assistance in using the information presented here in your own procurement actions or more information on Topten Pro please contact your national Topten team.

August 2021