chapter  7
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The financial power and environmental benefits of green purchasing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christoph Erdmenger, Director, ICLEI Eco-Procurement Programme; Project Co-ordinator, RELIEF Project

In order to make this chapter more easily understandable, let’s add some perspective by comparing the above figure to others. Table 7.1 provides rounded figures from differ-

Table 7.1 Who is spending what in Europe? Dimensions of different examples Source: ICLEI, EUROSTAT

can be seen that public purchasing accounts for approximately 15% of European Union total economic activities (expressed as gross domestic product). In other words, out of every seven euros earned in Europe, one comes from a public purchaser.