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Nordic countries embrace GPP as means to spur green growth, innovation

20 June 2013

Nordic Prime Ministers have identified GPP as an essential means to encourage green growth, citing that public procurement of goods and services in the region amounts to 16 - 20 percent of GDP. In an effort to capitalise and expand on this, experts from national procurement institutions have conducted a study that looks into ways of making strategic use of GPP to create new markets for Nordic environmental innovation.

“GPP is an important political instrument for the Nordic countries in the search for innovative solutions that limit negative effects on the environment and contribute to green growth,” says Sven-Olof Ryding, Managing Director of the Swedish Environmental Management Council and member of the expert group. "We want to market the Nordic region as being at the forefront of GPP development."

The GPP project will identify pragmatic procurement methods and a joint procurement initiative, suggest adjustments to the regulatory frameworks in the Nordic countries and take a more visionary approach to ensure that GPP will be an important driver of future growth. Initially the project will work to foster closer links between the demand and supply side of the market, allowing public procurers to shape the market towards innovation.

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