As of 1 April 2006 (and I believe much after EU had a similar policy in existence), the Govt. of Canada (Federal) a significant purchaser of MMK, in an effort to promote environmental sustainability and to influence demand towards environmentally sound products and services, brought into existence the Green Procurement Policy.
The key message being:
“Green procurement is set within the context of achieving value for money. It requires the integration of environmental performance considerations into the procurement process including planning, acquisition, use and disposal. In this context, value for money includes the consideration of many factors such as cost, performance, availability, quality and environmental performance. Green procurement also requires an understanding of the environmental aspects and potential impacts and costs, associated with the life cycle assessment of goods and services being acquired. In addition, the supporting administrative processes and procurement methods can also offer opportunities to reduce the environmental impacts of government operations.”
As a result the onus of the policy was to promote the following Sustainability Principles: