• Date: Jun 2016

GPP, Low Carbon Economy and Sustainable Development

It is not hard to correlate the concepts of Green Public Procurement, Low Carbon Economy and Sustainable Development: all three ask for judicious consumption of resources and production and seek value-for-money (in other words, maximize benefits at the lowest cost). The only difference is the scope and magnitude of deliverables. Implementing GPP benefits the bigger Low Carbon Economy to benefit even larger and overarching Sustainable Development agenda. Here are the definitions of each of the concepts that prove the similarities and complementarities of the three concepts.


Green/Sustainable Public Procurement according to EU

"A process whereby public authorities seek to procure goods, services and works with a reduced environmental impact throughout their life cycle when compared to goods, services and works with the same primary function that would otherwise be procured."

“By using their purchasing power to choose socially responsible goods, services and works, public authorities can set a positive example and encourage enterprises to make wider use of social standards in the management, production and provision of services.”

Low-Carbon Economy according to OECD, 2015

“Establishing a resource-efficient economy is central to achieving green growth. It involves putting in place policies that improve resource productivity and that ensure a sustainable natural resource and materials management building on the principle of the 3Rs–reduce, reuse and recycle–and encouraging more sustainable consumption patterns. Better resource productivity can both help to improve the environment, by reducing the amount of resources that economic activity requires and diminishing the associated environmental burden, and help to sustain economic growth by securing adequate supplies of materials, investing in new technologies and innovation, and improving competitiveness.”

Sustainable Development according to EU

“Sustainable development policy aims to achieve a continuous improvement in citizens’ quality of life and wellbeing. This involves the pursuit of economic progress while safeguarding the natural environment and promoting social justice.”

Sustainable Development according to the National Environment Commission of Bhutan’s strategy document, The Middle Path

“[…] to have milk, butter and cheese many times than beef just once.”

Sustainable & Equitable Development according to Center for Bhutan Studies’ publication, An Extensive Analysis of GNH Index

"Sustainable: Pursuing wellbeing for both current and future generations; Equitable: Achieving reasonable and equitable distributed level of wellbeing."


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