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This voluntary initiative came from Green economy policies, practices and initiatives
Description/achievement of initiative
The Icelandic government's policy on Green Public Procurement (GPP) aims to promote environmental protection and advance
sustainable development in the society.
Source: UNCSD Secretariat (2010) Questionnaire for the Member States on Experiences, Success Factors, Risks and Challenges with Regard to Objective and Themes of UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD)
The Icelandic government's policy on Green Public Procurement (GPP) became effective in 2009. The overall objective of the policy is to promote environmental protection and advance sustainable development in the society. The specific aims of this policy are to ingrate environmental considerations at all levels of public procurement programs both products, services and work. It further has the explicit aim to serve as a best practice guidelines and facilitate environmental considerations into all aspects of procurement in Iceland, beyond the public sector. It encourages both levels of public administration to adopt GPP, both the governmental level as well as the municipal local government sector. The government aims to support the implementation of this policy by increasing information and advisory services to procurers, buyers and sellers. This has been facilitated by developing a web based toolkit - www.vinn.is - that disseminates relevant information to stakeholders.