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   Consumption and Production Patterns - Information Database


National policies, programmes and guidelines: 

Austria Please see under Database below

Belgium Guide for Sustainable Procurement (Dutch, French)

Canada  Greener Procurement (English, French)

Green Power Initiative ( English, French)

Denmark Environmental Guidelines for Public Purchasers 
Danish (under produkter & industri)
English (under products and industry)

General Information on Green Procurement in Denmark  

Germany Ecoprocurement Info (English, German)
Product database available

SINAnet (Italian)

Law on Promoting Green Purchasing (Japanese, English)

The Netherlands
Virage bv (Dutch)
Netherlands Agency for Energy and the Environment (Dutch)

Sweden    EKU Guideline (Swedish, English)

Switzerland  Ecological Public Purchasing (German, French, English)
Monitoring Tool for Pay Equity Compliance
(German, French, English, Italian)

The United Kingdom Product Guide

General Procurement Guidance 
UK Government approach

Procurement in the Environment Agency

United States of America Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Program 
Product database available

Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines Program

Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program 

The Energy Star Program
Product database available

Office of the Federal Environmental Executive (OFEE)

The USDA Biobased Products Program

Regional  Organizations:   

European Union The European Commission (available in 11 languages)

European Procurement Legal Framework (available in 11 languages)

North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation North American Green Purchasing Initiative

Local level initiatives and programmes:   

Manitoba, Canada English, French

Ontario, Canada English

City of Pori, Finland Finnish, English

The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) Eco-Procurement (English)

BIG-NET  (English, French, German, Spanish, Italian  

Canton of Basel, Switzerland German

Scotland, The United Kingdom Procurement Scotland

Local and State Government, USA Local Government Purchasing Project

State Government Purchasing Project

New York City, USA Environmental Procurement Program

Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park, USA Environmentally Preferable Cleaning Project

International organizations:   

UNEP Sustainable Procurement activities (English)


Inter-Agency Procurement Service Offices (English)

Inter-Agency Group on Environmentally and Socially Responsible Procurement

Environmentally and Socially Responsible Procurement (English)
OECD Green Public Purchasing

Greening of Government

Non-governmental organizations:   

GRIP (Norway) GRIP ( Norwegian, English)

Green Purchasing Network (Japan) Green Purchasing Network 
Japanese (main page)
English (click English on main page)
United States of  America Center for a New American Dream
Eco-label schemes:   

Australia The Australian Ecolabel

Canada EnerGuide (English, French)

Canada Environmental Choice Program

European Union EU Eco-Label Scheme

France NF Environment (AFNOR)

Germany Blue Angel

Hong Kong Green Label Scheme

India Ecomark Scheme

Japan Eco Mark

Japan Global Ecolabelling Network  

Republic of Korea Environmental Labelling Program
and click "Certified Products" tab

New Zealand Environmental Choice New Zealand:
and click "Published Criteria"

The Netherlands Milieukeur
and click "certification outlines" tab

Scandinavian countries Nordic Swan
Including Ecolabelling Denmark, SIS - Ecolabelling AB (Sweden) and Ecolabelling Norway

Scientific Certification System Scientific Certification System

Sweden TCO (TCO Development
PDF files of criteria are included in each program; TCO 95, TCO 99, TCO '01

Sweden (The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation) Good Environmental Choice

Taiwan (province of China) Green Mark Program

Thailand Green Label Program

United States of America Green Seal
Product database available

Austria Ecological Criteria Catalogue (German, English)

G.I.P.P.E.R. (Canada) G.I.P.P.E.R.'s Guide to Environmental Purchasing (English)

Consumers Union The Consumer Union's Guide to Eco-labels (English  

Japan Designated procurement goods under the Law on Promoting Green Purchasing  (Japanese only)

Green Purchasing Network (Japan) Green Purchasing Network 
(Japanese, some products available in English)

United States of America Database of Environmental Information on Products and Services (English)

UNEP/IAPSO Product Criteria Database   


International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

SO 14000 families  (English, French)
The Social Accountability International SA8000
Official version in English only, however translations are provided in Chinese, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese



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06 September 2006