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Green procurement in the Asian public sector and the Hong Kong private sector

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Since the 1980s, green purchasing/green procurement has increasingly been recognised as an effective means of addressing and reducing negative environmental impacts related to product production and consumption around the world. This paper reviews the procurement practices and policies of five Asian countries and Hong Kong, in the context of an international overview of green purchasing and practices. The extent of government involvement in green procurement is found to directly determine its overall effectiveness, and up-to-date information resources clearly enhance delivery and performance. A case study in Hong Kong demonstrates how public leadership on green procurement has advanced green procurement in the private sector.

Keywords: Eco-labelling; Government green purchasing procurement; Green public procurement; Green purchasing and green procurement; Sustainable development

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: School of Natural Sciences & Psychology, Faculty of Science, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK 2: Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China

Publication date: February 1, 2010

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