Examples of innovative Sustainable/Green Public Procurement work*

City of Vienna

Developed a catalogue on SPP/GPP products.

City of Sao Paulo

Information technology systems for public procurement. Service contracts are “virtualized” and GPP products are identified with a state ecolabel.


Has a unified public procurement platform where SPP/GPP can be implemented efficiently.


Central and provincial governments have begun giving priority to products listed in a “green product inventory”.

Costa Rica

Has a national action plan, guidelines, and provides several examples of products and services that have been purchased through an SPP/GPP approach.


Is applying innovative legal frameworks to further improve the percentage of overall SPP/GPP. Is working on operationalizing life cycle costing.


Has strong political drivers, national guidelines and programmes for SPP/GPP; public information resources via websites and ecolabels; use of innovative tools like life cycle thinking and green contract variants.


The first African country to implement a fully-fledged SPP/GPP policy.


Has a very rigorous green building code with stringent product requirements.


100 per cent sustainable acquisition target for government institutions.


Has a National Action Plan; inclusion of GPP in the Public Contract Law; training and resources for GPP in the Basque Country (ihobe - a public body exemplary for market consultations); GPP guidelines in Madrid City; GPP Manual in the Catalan Government.


Working on integrating life cycle costing across the board.

United Kingdom

Developed a standard for sustainable procurement (BS 8903:2010).

*Source: Sustainable Public Procurement: A Global Review. UNEP, 2013