18 September 2013, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Hosted by CIFAL Kuala Lumpur, the 4th International Conference on Green Purchasing took place on September 18th – 20th in Subang Jaya, Malaysia. The conference focused on the implementation of Government Green Procurement (GGP) and Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) practices that help boosting green growth and sustainable economic development. World renowned experts, procurement officers, productivity practitioners, manufacturers and suppliers of materials attended the conference.

Throughout the conference it was promoted green purchasing in different social sectors using examples from Europe, the Americas, Japan, China, and Korea that have advanced best practices in the adoption of green purchasing.  Best practices from countries such as Singapore, Philippines, and Vietnam onimplementing green productivity in industry, agriculture and service sectors were also discussed.

On the first two days, participants examined how the roadmap for government green procurement (GGP) has been successfully implemented in advanced green purchasing countries. Based on the successful example of Japan, strategies, techniques and mechanism such as resource productivity, eco design and materials, eco-labels, biomass and green supply chain to achieve successful green purchasing in governments, private enterprises and the retail sectors were shared. On the last day, it was discussed how to build Safe and Green Commercial complexes and high rise buildings based on case studies from Kuala Lumpur City.