Green Public Procurement: Case Study of Latvian Municipalities

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Green public procurement (GPP) is an instrument for public institutions that have made sustainable consumption and financial aids savings, particularly taking into consideration expenses of the total life cycle of the agreement, not just the procurement price. Municipalities are important to promotion of sustainable consumption through their positive effects on citizens and other stakeholders. The present paper analyses the contribution of municipalities of the Republic of Latvia in developing sustainable consumption through GPP.

The aim of the paper is to explore the development of GPP in municipalities, analysing influencing factors. By analysing data from the Procurement Supervision Agency and the State Regional Development Agency, the proportion of GPP is explored. The paper includes data collected in a survey of municipalities of Latvia aiming to identify the main factors that promote the development of GPP and the ones that are obstacles for implementing the GPP. The conclusions show that GPP is a relatively new activity in Latvia, especially in relation to sustainable consumption. Analytical, graphic, statistical research methods as well as other qualitative and quantitative research methods have been used in the research.

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