OECD IS COMMITTED TO GREEN PROCUREMENT
In 2002, OECD countries adopted the Recommendation on the Environmental Performance of Public Procurement which advocates setting green targets in procurement and adopting measures to make sure that the targets are met.
OECD countries increasingly include environmental objectives in procurement strategies.
In 2011 OECD countries identified the following major obstacles to buying green products or services:
- Fear that green products cost more (79%)
- Lack of mechanisms monitoring if green policies work (45%)
- Absence of incentives to implement green projects (42%)
- Lack of sufficient suppliers (36%)
HELPING COUNTRIES IMPLEMENT GREEN PROCUREMENT
The OECD is developing a list of good green public procurement practices (GPP). The practices focus on the following 6 areas:
- A clear GPP legal and policy framework.
- Plan GPP, assessing life-cycle costs and understanding market solutions and capacity.
- Include environmental standards in the design, selection and award of projects and in contract performance.
- Professionalisation: multidisciplinary procurement teams and GPP training.
- Raising awareness of buyers, market and citizens about GPP solutions and benefits.
- Mechanisms to monitor green projects.
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