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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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International Procurement Regimes and the Scope for the Inclusion of Environmental Factors in Public Procurement

Through adherence to regional trade agreements, membership in common market areas, and other international treaties, OECD Member country governments have agreed to subject their public procurement procedures to a certain degree of international regulation. In this report we will review the importance of legal constraints which such regimes place on the "scope" for including environmental criteria in public procurement...

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