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The Environmental Performance of Public Procurement

Issues of Policy Coherence

The Environmental Performance of Public Procurement by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
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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. Through various policies and programmes, environmental criteria are being applied to purchasing decisions. For example, 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. Such measures can have direct benefits on the environmental characteristics of public procurement itself, as well as indirect benefits through their influence on firms and households.

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. It reviews the potential economic efficiency and environmental effectiveness of GPP programmes and policies, drawing upon experience in selected OECD member countries. In addition, it reviews the links between GPP programmes and related areas of public policy, including the general environmental policy framework, public expenditure management, and the legal framework for public procurement. 

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; January 2003
236 pages; ISBN 9789264101562
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Title: The Environmental Performance of Public Procurement
Author: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development