Public Procurement in Europe adds up to some 12% of total GNP. It entails a big potential for stimulating sustainable production, closing material cycles and avoiding waste. For this reason, authorities have been developing "green" procurement practices for more than 20 years. Nevertheless the strategic potential the innovations triggered in the economy still appear to be marginal. A European strategy is missing and no data is available, that would indicate the aggregated potential for environmental relief through green purchasing practices. The project aims at closing this data gap and develops a set of policy tools to implement a European strategy. The central idea is that the empirical data helps to focus on strategies with the highest relief and waste avoiding potential, which can be applied by authorities throughout Europe. Aggregated purchasing power will trigger off shifts on the supply-side of the market towards sustainability.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
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