Held in Beijing on 30-31 October 2014, the EcoProcura China 2014: International Symposium on Municipal Green Procurement convened over 60 participants, including Chinese cities and international experts for an interactive dialogue on green public procurement (GPP).
The symposium saw a fruitful exchange of experiences and practices in GPP between national and local governments from China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Some key topics included:
The symposium has built a valuable pool of knowledge by gathering information about GPP practices, implementation strategies, policies, cases studies, as well as the latest research and city-based projects related to GPP implementation.
Besides a day of informative sessions with 20 speakers, the symposium also provided numerous dialogue and networking opportunities for participants.
Gathering experiences and knowledge from cities from around the world, the symposium provides inspiration for cities and local governments to accelerate their actions in implementing GPP at the local level.
Ying Wang, Director, Chinese Government Procurement Management Office, Ministry of Finance
“Compared with developed countries in the West, China had started green public procurement late, but our progress has been remarkable. The Chinese government is keen to learn from overseas experience to enrich the content of our GPP policies, to optimize the mechanism, tools and legal framework in implementing and monitoring GPP.”
Junqing Xi, Deputy Director, Environmental Development Center, Ministry of Environmental Protection
“I hope that the experiences of cities worldwide could inspire Chinese cities to make an impact by bringing the public to get involved in environmental protection through everyday consumption and becoming more conscious of energy efficiency.”
Wenping Yao, Deputy Director General, Technologies Department, Ministry of Commerce
“Green public procurement is not only important for changing consumption behavior and raising environmental awareness in China, but also providing incentive for businesses to improve products’ quality. If China is to go global, it is especially crucial for us to enhance our products quality and make sure they meet international standards.”
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