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Green Procurement Practices in Romania: Evidence from a Survey at the Level of Local Authorities

Tudor Ciumara () and Iulia Lupu
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Tudor Ciumara: “Victor Slăvescu” Centre for Financial and Monetary Research, 050711 Bucharest, Romania

Sustainability, 2020, vol. 12, issue 23, 1-12

Abstract: Public procurement is considered an important driver of an economy and has a considerable power in orienting the market, including toward environmental protection policies and strategies. This study examines the green public procurement practiced at the level of local Romanian authorities with the aim of understanding the real context by highlighting the mix between what is required and/or expected from local authorities and what is actually happening in terms of green public procurement. The research is based on the results of an online survey conducted from 16 August 2019 to 18 September 2019. The research results show that green procurement is not a subject approached in many administrative units; however, it appears that environmental protection in the context of public procurement is considered important. In line with other research, our results enrich the current knowledge on green procurement practices at the local government level and indicate that increased regulatory pressure for green public procurement may lead to market development and innovation for green goods and services.

Keywords: green public procurement; local authorities; survey (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O13 Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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