Benefits of GPP
- Forest preservation – through the purchase of wood and wood products from legally harvested and sustainably managed forests;
- Greenhouse gas emissions control – through the purchase of products and services with a lower CO2 footprint throughout their life-cycle;
- Energy efficiency and Lean resource use – by choosing products which are more efficient and implementing environmentally conscious design principles;
- Decrease of water use. Water is very valuable and limited resources. Therefore, choosing more water-efficient fittings is essential.
- Air, water and soil pollution decrease through controlling chemicals and limiting the use of hazardous substances while producing goods.
- Waste reduction by choosing processes or packaging which generate less waste or encouraging reuse and recycling of materials.
- GPP often leads to savings over the whole life-cycle of a purchase- both for public authorities and for society in general. For example purchasing more energy-efficient electrical equipment can save money (lower electricity use and easier recycling or reuse at the end of its life).
- GPP and its promotion opens new market share for ‘green’ technologies and products. This share can be taken by small- and medium-sized companies which are, in majority more flexible and open to innovations.
- Introducing ‘green’ tendering criteria will help to develop the market in general by creating the competition and driving companies to look for production solutions with smaller costs.