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Green Public Procurement as an Policy Instrument: Cost effectiveness
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Economics. (Nationalekonomi)
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Regional Science (CERUM).
2013 (English)In: Environmental Economics, ISSN 1998-6041, E-ISSN 1998-605X, Vol. 4, no 4, 75-83 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Estimates by the European Commission indicate that public authorities within the European Union typically purchase goods and services corresponding to approximately 16 percent of GDP per annum. Hence, it is believed, private firms can be stimulated to invest in less polluting production technologies if the market power of public bodies is exerted through Green Public Procurement (GPP) policies and legislation. It is commonly argued that there are considerable possibilities for cost-effective GPP. The aim of this paper is to scrutinize this argument by specifically answer the question whether GPP can work as a cost-effective environmental policy instrument in terms of leading firms to reducing emissions at least cost to society. Our main finding shows that this is not the case.

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Ukraina: Business Perspectives , 2013. Vol. 4, no 4, 75-83 p.
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Green public Procurement, Procurement Auctions, Environmental Policy, Cost Effectiveness, Climat Policy, Energy Policy, Public Purchasing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-82786OAI: diva2:663289
Swedish Research Council

Finns även som Umeå Economic Studies ; Nr 847: Green Public Procurement as an Environmental Policy Instrument:Cost Effectiveness. 26 pages, September 12, 2012.


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