Buying into the Environment: Experiences, Opportunities and Potential for Eco-procurement
Green purchasing -- or eco-procurement -- by local and central governments has long been recommended in documents such as Agenda 21 to be a key-although sometimes supplemental-ingredient in the achievement of more environmentally responsible economies. Certainly, sustainable consumption cannot be considered a realistic goal without the full engagement of public authorities. Many initiatives have been undertaken in OECD countries, most successfully in Japan and Denmark where green public purchasing has been proven to be workable and highly effective, while, in other countries, city municipalities have successfully pioneered the development of sophisticated public environmental purchasing policies. The book, organised under the auspices of the International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) analyses national approaches already tested, and provides in-depth surveys on the pioneer cities such as Hamburg, Malmoe and Zuerich. Serious attention is given to city-specific hurdles which have been faced and overcome.