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September 2019

Utilizing Training Manual for Green Public Procurement with Case Studies from Vietnam and Thailand

16 September 2019

Public procurement wields enormous purchasing power, accounting for up to 30 percent of GDP in many developing countries. Leveraging this purchasing power by buying more sustainable goods and services can help drive markets in the direction of sustainability, reduce the negative impacts of an organization, and also produce positive benefits for the environment and society. The advancement of sustainable public procurement (SPP) or green public procurement (GPP) practices is thus recognized as being a key strategic component of the global efforts towards achieving more sustainable consumption and production patterns.

Recognizing this potential, Thailand and Viet Nam were selected as part of the Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute (KEITI) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) pilot projects for building capacity on GPP at national level through knowledge generation and knowledge sharing, technical expert support to develop various tools and assessments required as basis for establishing GPP, and cross fertilization of GPP policies and practices to support harmonization of GPP definitions and processes in Asia at regional and sub-regional level for promoting cross-border trade and growth.