Green Public Procurement (GPP) is defined as "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.”
The Irish Government’s annual public sector consumption accounts for 10% to 12% of Ireland’s GDP, a sizeable part of economic activity and demand. This provides Ireland’s public sector with considerable leverage to stimulate the marketplace in favour of the provision of more resource-efficient, less polluting goods, services and works.
The Public Sector has a responsibility to exercise this leverage, in order to support Ireland’s environmental and wider sustainable development objectives. GPP is widely recognised internationally as an effective means for public administrations to manage the balance between cost effectiveness and sustainable development. Citizens need to be sure that what is procured on their behalf is procured in such a way as to eliminate harmful effects on the environment and society. At the same time, these goods, services and works must represent both short-term and long-term value for money.