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Green Public Procurement at a Regional Level. Case Study: The Valencia Region of Spain

GIDDP, Departamento de Proyectos de Ingeniería, Universitat Politècnica de València, Camino de Vera s/n, 46022 Valencia, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(16), 2936; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16162936
Received: 8 July 2019 / Revised: 11 August 2019 / Accepted: 12 August 2019 / Published: 15 August 2019
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Abstract

Research on current practices and the state of green public procurement enables the identification of areas that can be improved, as well as opportunities to improve the tendering procedures from an environmental point of view. To understand the behaviour of local, provincial, and regional administrations concerning green public procurement, a case study on the Valencia region of Spain is made. The Valencian region is one of the most important communities in terms of population, number of contracting authorities, and weight in the Spanish Gross Domestic Product. In this study, a total of 967 procedures were analysed from calls for tenders made by municipal, provincial, and regional administrations in2016 and 2017.The results of this study show that the use of environmental criteria is 19.7% and the average weight is 4.1 out of 100. The civil engineering subsector, more than the building subsector, employs environmental criteria, particularly in projects tendered by regional administrations, whereas for projects with large budgets the level of use is similar for both subsectors. It is necessary to encourage plans to improve Green Public Procurement (GPP) practices in the Valencian administrations, especially those with a local scope such as municipalities. View Full-Text
Keywords: green public procurement; tendering; environmental criteria; public works; Valencia region green public procurement; tendering; environmental criteria; public works; Valencia region
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Fuentes-Bargues, J.L.; Ferrer-Gisbert, P.S.; González-Cruz, M.C.; Bastante-Ceca, M.J. Green Public Procurement at a Regional Level. Case Study: The Valencia Region of Spain. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 2936.

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