Green procurement in the Asian public sector and the Hong Kong private sector

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  • Linda W.P. Ho,

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    1. School of Natural Sciences & Psychology, Faculty of Science, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK and is CEO of the Green Council in Hong Kong, China
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  • Nicholas M. Dickinson,

    1. School of Natural Sciences & Psychology, Faculty of Science, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK
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  • Gilbert Y.S. Chan

    1. Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China
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  • Nicholas M. Dickinson is at the School of Natural Sciences & Psychology, Faculty of Science, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK.
    Gilbert Y.S. Chan is at the Green Council and at the Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China.

Linda W.P. Ho is at the School of Natural Sciences & Psychology, Faculty of Science, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK and is CEO of the Green Council in Hong Kong, China. E-mail: Lindaho@greencouncil.org

Abstract

Since the 1980s, green purchasing/green procurement has increasingly been recognised as an effective means of addressing and reducing negative environmental impacts related to product production and consumption around the world. This paper reviews the procurement practices and policies of five Asian countries and Hong Kong, in the context of an international overview of green purchasing and practices. The extent of government involvement in green procurement is found to directly determine its overall effectiveness, and up-to-date information resources clearly enhance delivery and performance. A case study in Hong Kong demonstrates how public leadership on green procurement has advanced green procurement in the private sector.

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