The German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) recently published a detailed report on existing regulations concerning environmentally friendly procurement in Germany. According to the UBA experts, the city states of Berlin, Bremen and Hamburg and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia are all pioneers when it comes to the implementation of suitably binding regulations. On a more negative note, the report also criticises the fact that as of the deadline for the collection of data in January 2014, a multitude of German states still only use directory provisions, recommendations or guidelines where the topic of environmentally friendly procurement is concerned.

The report, which covers a total of nearly 50 pages, also deals with PVC. The overview of the German Federal State of Hamburg, for example, refers to a resolution on PVC from 1999 that is still valid today. The resolution, which was passed on 20th April at the request of the city parliament, stipulates that the use of PVC must be avoided if suitable alternative products are available. The „rather outdated“ resolution is also quoted in the current procurement guidelines of the City of Hamburg (July 2014). AGPU is currently working in cooperation with several of its members in an attempts to establish contact with those responsible for this matter in Hamburg.

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