Green Public Procurement

FAST FACTS

By using their purchasing power to choose goods, services and works with a reduced environmental impact, governments can make an important contribution towards sustainability goals.

High-impact sectors are: buildings, food and catering, vehicles and energy-using products.

IN FIGURES

  • Almost all OECD countries have developed strategies or policies to support green public procurement (GPP).
  • 69% of OECD countries are measuring results of GPP policies and strategies.

THE BENEFITS OF GREEN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT (GPP)

  • GPP can be a major driver for innovation, providing industry with incentives to develop environmentally-friendly works, products and services.
  • GPP may also provide financial savings for public authorities, especially if you consider the full life-cycle costs of a contract and not just the purchase price.
  • Authorities who implement GPP will be better equipped to meet evolving environmental challenges, for example to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or move towards a more circular economy.

OECD SUPPORT

A collection of best practices has been prepared by the OECD, providing good practices for green public procurement at national and sub-national levels. The practices cover the following areas:

  • Green Public Procurement Legal and Policy Framework
  • Understanding Market Capacity and Assessing Costs and Benefits
  • Introducing Environmental Standards in Procurement
  • Professionalising Green Public Procurement
  • Raising Awareness
  • Monitoring Green Public Procurement