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WINNIPEG—October 28, 2014—Governments around the world have great potential to encourage the development of sustainable and eco-friendly products and services, by using performance-based specifications (PBSs) in their public procurement practices.
This is according to a new research paper by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) that investigated the use of PBSs in public procurement in the European Union and the United States. PBSs allow public authorities to state their needs in general terms by describing what general functions they require (e.g., lighting, mobility, information management) rather than specifying the minute details of the inputs and process required to get there.
“Governments really have the power to encourage innovation that will result in more sustainable practices and greener products and services,” said Oshani Perera, director, Public Procurement and Infrastructure Finance program...
Olaf Unteroberdoerster, Deputy Chief, Low Income Countries Division, in the IMF’s Strategy, Policy, and Review Department and Marialuz Moreno Badia, Deputy Division Chief at the Fiscal Affairs Department present the 2014 report 'Macroeconomic Developments in Low-Income Developing Countries'.
New partnership encourages health care systems around the world to adopt sustainable and green products and services
WINNIPEG—October 27, 2014—The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is pleased to announce that it is partnering with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Joint UN Programme for Green Procurement in the Health Sector in an innovative new project to encourage governments of developed and emerging economies to adopt sustainable and green public procurement practices in their health care sectors.
Last week at the Green Growth Forum in Copenhagen, IISD and UNDP collaborated on a highly successful session entitled Public Procurement and Eco-Innovation in the Health Sector. It explored how performance-based specifications (PBSs) have the potential to spur green production of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and health products in the health sector on a large scale.
“One of the main focuses of this project will be to reduce the amount of ecotoxins that are released into our environment via medical...