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Assessment of criteria development for public procurement from a strategic sustainability perspective
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7382-1825
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
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2013 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, E-ISSN 1879-1786, Vol. 52, 309-316 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Green public procurement has emerged as a policy instrument with a significant potential to steer procurers' and producers' decisions in a sustainable direction. The purpose of this study is to assess the process for development of green public procurement criteria at a Swedish governmental expert body from a strategic sustainability perspective, i.e. to identify strengths and weaknesses from such a perspective as a basis for making this process more supportive of sustainable product and service innovation. A previously published framework for strategic sustainable development is used for the assessment. The assessment shows that the criteria development process is transparent, well-documented and that it encourages a high level of participation by the members of the working groups. However, the assessment also points to several weaknesses of the process. These include, e.g., a limited impact perspective and lack of a clear definition of sustainability objectives. The development process therefore results in criteria which mainly concern a selection of current environmental impacts outside the context of long-term objectives and consequently there are no strategies to prepare for future processes. The conclusion is that the current process may result in improvements as regards some known environmental problems, but to allow for a strategic approach that could more significantly promote innovative product-service system solutions in support of sustainable development, process changes are needed. Essential process changes are proposed in this paper.

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Elsevier , 2013. Vol. 52, 309-316 p.
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Green public procurement, Procurement, Strategic sustainable development, Sustainability
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-6819DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2013.02.007ISI: 000320969300033Local ID: oai:bth.se:forskinfo76FF39ECBB0883C8C1257B5F00370A20OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-6819DiVA: diva2:834366
Available from: 2013-12-17 Created: 2013-05-02 Last updated: 2016-09-26Bibliographically approved

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