Governments in the Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) are important consumers, as their expenditure represents around 20% of the GDP, ranging from 11.3% in Azerbaijan to 27.3% in Moldova. Through sustainable public procurement (SPP), governments can lead by example and deliver greener economies. SPP can successfully harness the power of governments to stimulate a better environmental and social performance of products. Market-driven product information tools such as ecolabelling help define the sustainability of products and communicate this information to guide purchasing choices of individuals, businesses and public authorities towards more sustainable products.
The combined approaches of voluntary labelling and sustainable public procurement are important elements to create a dynamic framework for improving the performance of products throughout their lifecycle, stimulating demand and supply of better products, and helping consumers to make better choices. In the transition to a green economy, these tools are playing an important enabling role in the overall market transformation that is needed to put in place an economic model, which enhances natural capital, saves resources, and lowers environmental as well as social risks.
The EaP GREEN aims to:
Planned activities include:
UNEP is the lead partner for this element of the programme.
DID YOU KNOW? ... the basic concept of green public procurement relies on having clear, justifiable, verifiable and ambitious environmental criteria for products, services and works, based on a life-cycle approach and scientific evidence base. In the European Union, such procurement criteria have been developed for 18 product/service groups. National Action Plans (NAPs) addressing green public procurement have been adopted by a majority of the EU-27.