Sentences to ponder [Green Public Procurement]

On the tail of Albert's comment earlier today and Abby Semple's from a couple of weeks ago:

"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 service 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."

By Sofia Lundberg and her co-authors. Ungated version of paper here.

I suspect this is not the final say about the efficiency of green measures in public procurement, but as far as good empirical (ie, quantitative *and* data driven...) research goes, it is a start. More, please.

Hat tip to Robert Agren.

Links I Liked [Public Procurement]

Busy week for procurement news/tidbits it seems:

1. Abby Semple replied to my entry about life cycle costing. She has a paper on the subject-matter link between award criteria and environmental considerations (ungated copy here).

2. Public procurement needs a higher profile. Fully agreed.

3. Will more public services in the UK be outsourced, sorry "spun out"?

4. Spain could not care less about its transparency portal (in Spanish). It covers more than just procurement, but the need to use an electronic ID card (which based on my previous run ins with Spanish bureaucracy means only the Spanish ones will do) as an identification mechanism makes as much sense as a drug dealer asking a buyer to provide ID.

5. Further blockchain developments could help my crazy idea of using something similar in procurement.

Links I liked [Public Procurement]

1. "Don't give contracts or grants to companies without women in the boardroom" 

Once more, tying to use public procurement to solve problems not directly connected with it.

2. "Fence at border with Turkey to be built without public procurement"

Who needs public procurement anyway!

3. Guide on consortium building (Ireland)

Interesting take on do's and don'ts of getting consortia of the ground to bid in public procurement.