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.
Green procurement in the Asian public sector and the Hong Kong private sector
Article first published online: 4 APR 2010
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Natural Resources Forum
Special Issue: Sustainable consumption and production
Volume 34, Issue 1, pages 24–38, February 2010
How to Cite
Ho, L. W.P., Dickinson, N. M. and Chan, G. Y.S. (2010), Green procurement in the Asian public sector and the Hong Kong private sector. Natural Resources Forum, 34: 24–38. doi: 10.1111/j.1477-8947.2010.01274.x
- Issue published online: 4 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 4 APR 2010
- Green purchasing and green procurement;
- Government green purchasing procurement;
- Green public procurement;
- Sustainable development
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.