The value in 2012 increased by 5% over 2011…the National Defense Ministry purchased green products in the largest value.
The Ministry of Environment (Minister: Yoon Seong-kyu) announced on September 2 that 864 public organizations purchased green products in total value of 1.727 trillion won in 2012.
According to estimation of the Environment Ministry, the total value of green products purchased by public organizations subject to buy such products reached 1.727 trillion won in 2012, showing an increase by 5% from 1.6455 trillion won in 2011 and by over double of 787 billion won in 2005 when the measure of obligatorily purchasing green products was implemented.
Among 864 public organizations, the Ministry of National Defense purchased green products in the largest value in 2012, and it was followed by the Ministry of Education and Seoul Bukbu District Office of Education in value.
Among green products purchased by these public organizations, PCs accounted for 18%, and green construction materials, such as asphalt concrete, windows and doors, and precast pavers accounted for 7.4%, 6.2% and 6.2%, respectively, representing 38% of the entire green products purchased by these organizations combined.
And, an analysis conducted by Korea Environmental Industry & Technology Institute (KEITI) showed that total value of green products purchased by public organizations during 8 years between 2005 and 2012 reached 11.2196 trillion won, generating 12,143 new jobs.
Public organizations reduced about 491,000 tons of CO2 in 2012 by purchasing or using 19 different items of green products, including computers, office machines and furniture.
This figure is equivalent to approximately 7.4 billion won when converted into economic benefits.
Deputy Director Kim Yeong-ju of Environmental Technology and Economy Division at the Environment Ministry said, “The government will further expedite purchase of green products by public organizations in 2013 by designating 200 green stores, and expanding green consumption culture and groundwork.”
Source : todayenergy