Within Japan, many municipalities have struggled to implement their sustainable procurement policies. This project examines the factors facilitate/inhibit Japanese municipalities' green purchasing implementation, and the potential green purchasing has for facilitating a low greenhouse gas economy. It recommends immediate actions for local Japanese governments to improve green purchasing implementation, and offers critical policy advice on the ideal institutional arrangements for green purchasing success.

Implemented in

  • Asia / Pacific
  • North America
  • Japan
  • United States of America

Sectors of activity
Education, Scientific Research, Development and Innovation, Public Procurement

Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation, Education & Awareness Raising, Research, Analysis, Assessment

Type of lead actor
Scientific and Technical

Shared by

Nicole Darnall

Associate Dean and Professor, School of Sustainability; Co-founder, Sustainable Purchasing Research Initiative

Arizona State University, School of Sustainability

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Objectives - SPRI's objectives are fourfold:
1. Develop insights about the factors facilitate/inhibit municipalities' green purchasing implementation
2. Recommend immediate actions for municipalities to improve green purchasing implementation, and offer critical policy advice on the ideal institutional arrangements for green purchasing success;
3. Deepen our understanding of green purchasing across different institutional and cultural settings.
4. Undertake policy-relevant research that addresses important sustainability concerns.


As collected through the One Planet Reporting

No activities have yet been reported under this initiative

Impact and Results

Benefits to Practice - This project will lead to recommendations for immediate actions that municipalities can undertake to facilitate their green purchasing implementation. These recommendations have been compiled in a user-friendly guidance reports (in both English and translated into Japanese) on green purchasing best practices and distributed online to local government managers, procurement officers, sustainability officers, and professional networks.

Scholarly Benefits – this research study will offer insights about which factors facilitate/inhibit local SPP implementation in Japan (as compared to the U.S.), and SPPs’ potential to facilitate a low GHG economy. Project results will be developed into a series of scholarly papers. The findings will be relevant to researchers in several disciplines, including public administration, public policy, management, and environmental sciences/management.

Next steps and how to get involved

Email Dr. Nicole Darnall, project lead, at ndarnall@asu.edu.