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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Greener Public Purchasing as the Environmental Policy Instrument

Governments increasingly include environmental criteria in their purchasing decisions. For example, purchasing guidelines often require that particular products contain a minimum amount of recycled content or achieve specified levels of energy efficiency. Guidelines may also favour - through price preferences, explicit set-asides, or other mechanisms - suppliers who exceed official pollution standards, abide by environmental frameworks, qualify for environmental labels, or otherwise demonstrate their “greenness”...


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