Green public procurement’s growing pains

Greening public buying has been on the agenda for many years but progress on the ground has been slow. Roz Bulleid looks at what policymakers are doing to help

With public bodies in the EU spending €1.8trn a year on goods and services, the importance – and benefits – of buying green are clear. More energy efficient products with fewer harmful chemicals not only reduce buyers’ environmental footprints but also help create a market for greener goods.

That is the theory. In the real world, buying decisions are made by a variety of different departments with their own agendas, practices and restrictions.

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