The Environmental Performance of Public Procurement

Issues of Policy Coherence

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In recent years, a significant number of OECD member countries have introduced initiatives to reduce the environmentally damaging effects of public procurement.  Many countries have introduced "greener public purchasing" (GPP) policies in order to increase the recycled content of products or achieve specified levels of energy efficiency in capital equipment.  This book examines these issues in detail.  It is the outcome of a Workshop on "Greener Public Purchasing", held at the Austrian Ministry of the Environment in Vienna in October 2001.

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A Review and Critical Evaluation of Selected Greener Public Purchasing Programmes and Policies

There is heightened public awareness of the importance of environmentally and socially responsible procurement. This is reflected in international efforts (such as the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the UN Global Compact) that encourage the private sector to improve their corporate labour and environmental practices (Gereffi et al., 2001). Similar efforts are being undertaken by public authorities since it is recognised that public purchasing, by virtue of its considerable size and diversity, can have considerable influence in the marketplace, and as such is one avenue to promote sustainable consumption and production....


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