Held during the Eco-Forum Global Annual Conference in Guiyang on 28 June 2015 as a sub-forum, "EcoProcura China 2015: Green Public Procurement" gathered around 80 participants, including governmental officials in charge of public procurement, experts, business and NGOs representatives from China, Japan, Korea, Finland and Germany.
Consisting of keynote presentations and panel discussions, the meeting provided valuable information, knowledge and experience on:
The Green Public Procurement Partnership was launched at the end of sub-forum jointly by ICLEI EAS, EFG, CBCSD, CEC, TSC, the 10YFP and UNEP. Aiming at providing a platform for international exchange of experience and knowledge on GPP, the partnership welcomes all Chinese local governments, organizations and businesses interested in GPP to join. For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gang Zhai, former Director-General, Department of Treasury, Ministry of Finance; Team Leader, Preparatory Team of China Government Procurement Association
“Public Procurement is an important means for the government to manage its economy and society, as well as promoting the development of an environmental-friendly and resource-efficient society. GPP helps promote the implementation of policies related to resource efficiency, reduces pollution and raises awareness on green consumption.”
Junqing Xi, Deputy Director, Environmental Development Center, Ministry of Environmental Protection
"The enactment of the policy on public procurement marked China’s official step into the era of eco-civilization."
Monika Zimmermann, Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI World Secretariat
“All public authorities, especially on the local level, shall use their power to purchase goods and services which take environmental and sustainability criteria into account. Thus they can help to the change markets towards green products. This is extremely important for China as public authorities have such a huge purchasing capacity.”
Mark Hidson, Global Director, ICLEI’s Sustainable Procurement Centre
“GPP can stimulate the economy and it can create jobs. It is about creating market opportunities by adapting current technologies or developing new energy efficient and low carbon energy technologies and solutions. GPP is essential if we are to meet the challenges cities face today such as climate change, increasing populations, changing infrastructure, providing better transport systems and energy efficient buildings. It is not about developing a new procurement system it is about thinking and adapting how we currently spend public money.”
Zhaolun Sun, Director, Government Procurement Center, Shanghai Municipality
“In my view there’re two main aspects in public procurement, one is to formulate and implement policies, the second is to better manage and reuse resources.”
Hengbin Liu, Director, Government Procurement Center, People’s Government of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
"The government procurement center has three main duties: to implement the policies according to central regulations, to actively promote the concept of green purchasing our administration area, and to make our purchasing process green by going 'paper-free'."
Farid Yaker, Sustainable Public Procurement Officer, UNEP
"Sustainable Public Procurement is a key area recognized by international community as an important area to promote sustainable consumption， and also for sustainable development and green growth."
Qi Zhai, Deputy Secretary General, China Business Council for Sustainable Development
"In China, there are more than 100 central government directly owned companies, hundreds of state-owned companies, tens of millions of registered SMEs. Therefore, we need to manage GPP with different strategies, according to sectors, scales, as well as other conditions."
Alex Zhang, Executive Director, Eco-Forum Global
"I think we share the same understanding: enterprises and governments are keys to successful implementation of GPP. The government will take the lead by using economic leverage and its power in public procurement. It’s based on this common ground that we establish the Green Public Procurement China Partnership. We welcome more governments and enterprises to join us into a new area of eco civilization."
Xiaodan Zhang, General Manager, China Environmental United Certification Center
"I greatly appreciate the relevant government departments as well as international organizations for their support of China Environment Labeling Government Procurement. Based on the international experience we learned, we will pay more efforts in green supply chain management, low carbon products and authorization service, so as to better serve and implement green public procurement policies set at the national level.”
Dashui Tan, Deputy Director, Sinopec MEC
"Sinopec regards the safety and environmental friendliness of products as the top priority, followed by timeliness of supply and cost reduction. To make the purchasing itself go green, we also conduct electronic purchasing via the internet and promote green bidding."
Weidong Zhou, TSC Managing Director of Greater China, The Sustainable Consortium
"It would require both ‘hammer’ and ‘carrot’ in better implementing GPP. ‘Hammer’ refers to the government’s role in strengthening the enforcement of regulations and standards and improving the systems of GPP; while ‘carrot’ means the provision of incentives to encourage and motivate the enterprises to better implement green production and innovation. ‘Hammer’ and ‘carrot’ are of equal importance, they are the engines in driving GPP forward.”
Hyunju Lee, Associate Researcher, Sustainability Strategy Office, Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute
"EcoProcura China provides an excellent opportunity to bring Chinese local governments together and build network to jointly promote green public procurement. KEITI wishes to cooperate with ICLEI and Chinese partners to share good practices on green public procurement undertaken by municipalities between China and Korea."
Perttu Pohjonen, Environmental expert, procurement, City of Helsinki
“Based on the experience from city of Helsinki, to better implement GPP, the city will need measurable targets and aims on it, good solid policies and strong strategies behind it, as well as knowledge support.
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