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GPP Bhutan
Scaling-up public demand for sustainable products in Bhutan

The Challenge

At the beginning of the project, the Bhutanese public sector had not yet had a cross-cutting strategy for resource efficiency,cleaner production, energy efficiency, decent work and human rights, nor for the integration of the 10th FYP targets on ‘vita-lising industry’, ‘SME strengthening’ or ‘youth employment’. The project met these needs with an overarching strategy, building on the international momentum for using public procurement as a driver of sustainable development, as specified under Sustainable Development Goal 12 on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP). Bhutan will embark on a long-term pathway to utilise green public procurement (GPP) as a lever to ‘switch’ towards more sustainable production and consumption patterns.

The Objectives

The project aims to leverage GPP as a powerful up-scaling tool to 1) lower the direct impact of state-consumption, 2) incentivise sustainable production among suppliers, 3) build demandside and supply-side capacity, and 4) trigger private sustainable consumption and green economic transformation.

The Way Forward

  • Establishing ‘soft law’ on GPP in Bhutan;
  • Developing dedicated GPP guidance material for public procurers;
  • Designing preferential programmes for SMEs and disadvantaged suppliers;
  • Designing and facilitating GPP training sessions for public procurers and suppliers;
  • Mentoring real-time GPP pilot tenders in selected industrial sectors;
  • Providing for long-term GPP implementation by establishing a GPP knowledge platform and curricula.
Duration:
01/2014 – 07/2017
Total Budget:
EUR 2 132 307 (EU contribution: 90%)
Contact Detail:

 

Mr. Yeshey Penjor – Project Director

International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

Level 3, RSPN Building

Lhado Lam, Kawangjangsa, Thimphu 11001, Bhutan

Email: [email protected]

Ms. Pem Lama – Director of Communications, Research and Finance

Email: [email protected]

Ms. Liesbeth Casier

Email: [email protected]

Lead Partners

International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Canada

International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Canada

Partners

Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bhutan

Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bhutan

Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production GGMBH

Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production GGMBH

Royal Institute of Management of Bhutan (RIM)

Royal Institute of Management of Bhutan (RIM)

Royal Society for the Protection of Nature (RSPN), Bhutan

Royal Society for the Protection of Nature (RSPN), Bhutan