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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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Introduction

In recent years a significant number of OECD Member countries have introduced initiatives to reduce the environmentally damaging effects of public procurement. Through various policies and programmes environmental criteria are being applied to purchasing decisions. For example, in many countries purchasing guidelines require that particular products contain a minimum amount of recycled content or achieve specified levels of energy efficiency. In other cases, procurement officers are being provided with detailed information on the environmental impacts of the goods and services that they purchase, in the hope that this will influence their procurement decisions...

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