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Mainstreaming GPP in the Nordic countries - a scoping study

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This report contains the results of a scoping study on the potential for mainstreaming green public procurement in the Nordic countries. The report gives recommendations on how green public procurement can be better integrated in other policy areas. The study was financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Working group on Sustainable Consumption and Production.

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Summary

Green public Procurement is still largely an environmental policy instrument inthe Nordic countries developed separately from other public procurement policy measures. Policies on for instance energy, innovation, competition and e-governance all consider public procurement and make way for improving and facilitating procurement procedures and informed choices in the public sector. The scoping exercise done in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland shows a lot of potential linkage between GPP and the other policy developments. Environmental aspects and life cycle considerations should be a part of these developments, providing the necessary tools to facilitate getting the best value for public money spent. If not, the risk of GPP remaining an separate issue for public auhtorities to consider when appropriate and in a variety of differing ways confusing the market, is considerable.

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