28 August 2012

Study analyses opportunities to mainstream GPP in the Nordic countries

A new report analysing the potential for mainstreaming green public procurement (GPP) in the Nordic countries has been released. The report is the result of a scoping exercise undertaken in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland. The objective was to identify potential synergies between the current development in general public procurement and green public procurement respectively.

At present in these countries green public procurement is viewed primarily as an environmental policy instrument and as such is implemented and followed up by Environmental Authorities. GPP policies are developed separately from the rest of public procurement policy measures. The study found that there is great potential for linkage between GPP and other policy developments.

The reports main recommendation is to engage in a discussion with other policy areas on GPP, for instance those concerned with energy and innovation policy. The report also recommends the implementation of life-cycle costing as well as the improvement of statistical records on GPP. The findings are to be presented to the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Working Group on Sustainable Consumption and Production.

To view the report, click here.