• The City of Ghent firmly believes in the public purchasing power of buying solutions, rather than products. As a city, we owe it to the future to stimulate the market to (r)evolve it in a sustainable way.
    Deputy Mayor Annelies Storms

Ghent - Belgium

Sustainable Procurement Targets

By 2030, the city's fleet will be diesel-free

 Carbon-neutral mobility by 2050

By 2030, at least 75% sustainable transport

By 2030, the amount of vehicles reduced by 30%

Increase share of organic & fair trade food at receptions

Support the supply of local food

By 2024 only buy fair trade products

City as low emission zone by 2020

Latest Procurement Achievements

Sustainable Procurement in Ghent

Since 2008, the City of Ghent has in place an action plan for sustainability, “Ghent 2020”, which includes more than 105 actions and initiatives to make Ghent a more sustainable city, including sustainable procurement activities. In 2014, Ghent was the host of the EcoProcura conference, a unique meeting point to share knowledge on sustainable procurement (SPP) and procurement of innovation (PPI).

As a firm believer in SPP, these are Ghent’s principle: leading by example, using purchasing power as a leverage for sustainability, making procurement a strategic partner, cost-efficient use of public money, and raise the maturity standard of the procurement organization.

The Sustainable Procurement Strategy of the City of Ghent focuses on:

  • Minimizing the ecological footprint throughout the entire life-cycle with a focus on rational use of energy
    and independence of non-renewable energy
  • Minimizing the impact of local air quality through efficient and environmentally friendly transportation and deliveries.
  • Encouraging sustainable employment of disadvantaged groups with specific attention for youth unemployment, and strengthening the sustainable growth of the social economy sector.
  • Fostering local economic growth with special attention for start-ups and sustainable, innovative companies.
  • Integrating and assuring international labor standards and fair trade principles throughout the supply chain.
  • Encouraging sustainable entrepreneurship among suppliers.
  • Increasing the maturity of the procurement function and striving towards excellence in procurement.



Capital of East Flanders
>250k Inhabitants
156.18 km² Area
1,700/km² Density
>400 million € Annual Spend (2016)
Joined in 2015




Key documents


SocialLy Responsible Work Wear

Fairtrade is a certificate for the entire production process, not just for raw materials. Ghent wants to make sure that the clothing they buy has been made in fair working conditions. The production chain of raw materials and clothing production is far from transparent.
Ghent already realized a Contract (5 lots) of 1.200.000 EUR of socially responsible workwear. Together with the Association of Flemish Cities and Municipalities (VVSG) Ghent made a guide to to help other cities unravel the jumble of the complex procurement process.

Further guidance can be found here.


Awards & Memberships


Sustainable Procurement Profile (2016)


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