PROCURING SUSTAINABLY, LEADING GLOBALLY
  • 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


C
arbon-neutral mobility of the city government by 2050


By 2030, reduce the amount of vehicles in the city fleet by 30%

By 2030, at least 75% sustainable transport in city fleet


Support the supply of local food


By 2024 only buy fair trade products


Increase share of organic & fair trade food at receptions


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
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Ghent in the Spotlight

Procura+ Awards 2019 – leadership on sustainable procurement of GLCN Cities continues to inspire
Procura+ Awards 2019 – leadership on sustainable procurement of GLCN Cities continues to inspire
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GLCN Member Ghent shortlisted for European Sustainability award
GLCN Member Ghent shortlisted for European Sustainability award
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Ghent honoured for its sustainable procurement policies
Ghent honoured for its sustainable procurement policies
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Awards & Memberships

 

Sustainable Procurement Profile (2016)

 

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ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
Mr. Simon Clement

Leopoldring 3
79098 Freiburg
Germany

Telephone: +49 (0) 761 – 368 92 0
E-mail: simon.clement@iclei.org

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