In Denmark, DKK 200 billion is used on public procurement each year whilst private companies account for even more. This type of purchasing power can be used to promote the production and sales of products with lower environmental impacts, throughout the entire product chain.
The Ministry of the Environment has for more than 15 years encouraged sustainable procurement through various focus areas such as training, development of guidance material and exchange of expertise, etc.
The Ministry's current sustainable procurement initiatives concentrate on the following strategic focus areas:
Some examples of key activities led by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency to strengthen sustainable procurement practices in Denmark are:
The Forum on Sustainable Procurement works to promote environmentally conscious and responsible procurement by professional buyers of goods and services.
Read more about the Forum on Sustainable Procurement
Seeking to protect the environment by additional joint measures in the area of procurement, the Ministry of the Environment and the three largest municipalities in Denmark has established a partnership.
Read more about the Partnership for Green Public Procurement