Using Public Procurement to Implement Environmental Policy: An Empirical Analysis
2015 (English)In: Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, ISSN 1432-847X, E-ISSN 1867-383X, Vol. 17, no 4, 487-520 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Politicians expect Green public procurement (GPP) to serve as an environmental policy instrument. However, in order for GPP to work as an effective policy instrument it is important to take into consideration potential suppliers’ decisions to participate in the procurement process, the total number of bidders, and the screening of bidders with respect to mandatory green criteria. The aim of this paper is to empirically study GPP in this respect. The analysis presented here is based on data from Swedish cleaning services procurements that are unique in that they contain very detailed information on various environmental standards set by the contracting authorities. We find at best only a weak effect on supplier behavior, and this suggests that the use of GPP in this situation does not live up to its political expectations.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 17, no 4, 487-520 p.
Public Procurement, Auctions, Environmental Policy, Green Public Procurement, Sustainability, Purchasing
Economics and Business Economics
Research subject biology, Environmental Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-98079DOI: 10.1007/s10018-015-0102-9ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84942817185OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-98079DiVA: diva2:781099
ProjectsGreen Public Procurement
FunderSwedish Research Council