Measures to reduce the environmental impacts of public procurement

Harri Kalimo, Katriina Alhola, Mirella Miettinen, Veli Matti Virolainen, et al.


The public sector can leverage its purchasing power to contribute significantly to achieving sustainability goals. Yet, thus far environmental considerations have been integrated into public procurement only to a limited degree. In this Policy brief, we propose prioritising in the greening of procurement those product groups that have the most significant environmental impacts in procurement. The procurement of these product groups is best addressed with mixes of policy instruments that are tailored to the respective, widely different sectors. Moreover, green procurement necessitates permanent support structures, practical procurement strategies and the monitoring of the environmental considerations all the way from tenders to the actual impacts in nature.