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Green public procurement and multiple environmental objectives
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Economics.
Konjunkturinstitutet.
2018 (English)In: Economia e Politica Industriale, ISSN 0391-2078, Vol. 45, no 1, p. 37-53Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Policy makers can employ different instruments to address environmental policy objectives, and the guiding principles for a consistent system of environmental policy are (1) the policies should be effective, (2) there should be one objective per instrument, and (3) multiple objectives and multiple policy instruments must be mutually independent of each other. This paper evaluates these three principles for green public procurement (GPP). As an illustrative example, the analysis refers to the Swedish policy of using public purchase of organic foods as a policy instrument to increase the certified organic agricultural area as a share of the total agricultural area. Our analysis shows that GPP fails to satisfy principles (1) and (3), and the only way to satisfy principle (2) is then to have just one objective with the procurement, i.e., to run the operations. GPP might still have a positive environmental impact, but, if applied, the procuring authority has to be very specific with the one-to-one matching of criterion and objective.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2018. Vol. 45, no 1, p. 37-53
Keyword [en]
Environmental policy, Organic food, Public contracts, Public procurement, Purchasing, Sustainable procurement, Tinbergen rule
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Economics
Research subject
Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-143695DOI: 10.1007/s40812-017-0085-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-143695DiVA, id: diva2:1171379
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Agricultural policy through public procurement and the conversion to organic food production. - Food for thought
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Swedish Competition Authority
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Parallel Title: Journal of Industrial and Business Economics

Available from: 2018-01-07 Created: 2018-01-07 Last updated: 2018-03-12Bibliographically approved

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