A critical term applied to misleading claims about environmental sustainability. The term is a combination of ‘green’ and ‘whitewash’. For example, the term ‘clean coal’ is seen by some commentators as greenwash, as the extraction and burning of coal has significant environmental impact, including the release of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas. While in burning clean coal the greenhouse gases are not released into the atmosphere, the carbon is buried underground, which is simply creating a different waste stream. See also Carbon.

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With over 800 Procurement specific terms (and growing) you will find everything you need to know or thought you knew about the Procurement function. Our aim is to provide you with a comprehensive list collated from the Comprara Groups hub of training and consulting source materials.The Procurement Glossary has been compiled by industry expert Paul Rogers.