The Polish public procurement system is decentralized. This means that every purchaser has the possibility to choose products and services meeting high environmental standards. So far, Polish authorities use environmental criteria very rarely (approx. 10.5 % of procurement procedures). Environmental issues usually involve technical, operational or utility parameters, e.g. criterion of water consumption by equipment specified. Nevertheless, it is possible in each segment of procurement (i.e. supplies, services, works) to describe the subject matter of the tendering procedure in a manner that allows achieving a maximum environmental effect.
In January 2007, the National action plan on green public procurement for the period 2007-2009 was adopted. The main objectives include:
- improved integration of environmental aspects into public procurement procedures,
- development of the market of environmentally sound products and expansion of the market of technologies for environmental protection industry and environment related services sector,
- Promotion of sustainable production and consumption benchmarking.
In 2010, the second program was adopted for the period 2010-2012. It contains information on the accomplishments within the field of green public procurement so far.