CAPE TOWN & SPP
Cape Town (South Africa) aims to become the greenest city in Africa. The City of Cape Town is a major buyer of goods and services in the region; as such sustainable procurement aims to ensure that this significant buying power is focused on environmentally responsible products that are locally manufactured where possible, in order to promote local economic development and more sustainable consumption and production.
In South Africa, many social factors have already been integrated into the procurement process through national legislation, including preferential procurement for small business, black economic empowerment, stipulations regarding minimum thresholds for local production and content, and the promotion of labor-intensive methodologies.
Sustainable public procurement (SPP) focuses on achieving value for money across the entire value chain, and can be used as a lever to promote the green economy and climate change response, which are both key agendas of the City of Cape Town.
The principles of green procurement have been incorporated to the City’s Supply Chain Management Policy (SCMP) and Implementation Guidelines for green procurement have been developed. The City is also in the process of developing a Green Procurement Action Plan to assist with implementation.
There are several excellent initiatives already underway in the City:
- Transport and city fleet vehicles: where possible city Fleet tenders include fuel efficiency and Euro Standards to be measured under "functionality" in these tenders. Wallacedene and Nomzamo taxi ranks have been transformed by Transport for Cape Town into a more sustainable public transport facility with solar panels on the roof, and washing facilities for minibus-taxis.
- Electricity efficiency: all traffic lights in the City have been retrofitted with light emitting diodes (LED), which are more energy efficient. The investment of R29 million will result in a saving of 7 459 MWh of electricity, 7 384 tons of carbon, and R11 million per annum, with a payback period of three years. The designs of certain low cost housing developments are incorporating green aspects to promote resource efficiency and quality of life for the occupants.
- Information technology: the City has replaced its computer monitors with liquid crystal displays (LCDs), and now light emitting diodes (LEDs). The change to LCDs and then LEDs across the City’s stock of approximately 15 500 computers will lead to an 84% saving in power used by the monitors.
- City buildings: the City has incorporated green procurement and green building in the development of its new buildings such as the Manenberg Housing Centre, the Bloemhof Electricity building, and the Water Services head office. The City will produce green guilding guidelines for city buildings, including materials' procurement.
- Awareness raising: the City has also promoted the implementation of green and sustainable procurement in other organizations and homes through, for example, the solar water heater accreditation program and the commercial users’ energy efficiency forum.
SPP IN ACTION
procurement of electric buses
In February 2016 Cape Town issued a call for tender for a fleet of 12-metre electric buses, in line with their commitment to lowering carbon emissions. The tender specified the electric buses should be able to travel at least 250 km before the batteries need recharging. The successful bidder must also provide the City with the charging stations for the buses and the necessary training for the bus drivers and mechanical engineers. “Cape Town will be the first municipality in the country to benefit from the latest alternative fuel technology and we will be the first city in Africa to use electric buses for public transport,” states Mayor De Lille.