By 2020, 100% of procurement processes
will integrate sustainability
Sustainable procurement commitments within the city’s
Environmental Policy 2012
HELSINKI & SPP
Helsinki is the capital of Finland and the center of the Helsinki Region. One third of Helsinki consists of parks and other green areas.
The City of Helsinki has attached great importance to its environmental program. Since 2011, 15 city offices and departments have either an environment system or program of their own. In 2012, the City Council approved the city’s environmental policy, setting its environmental medium and long-term goals. The fields tackled in the document are:
- climate protection
- air protection; noise protection
- water protection
- wildlife and soil protection
- public procurement, material efficiency and waste
- environmental awareness and responsibility, and
- environmental management and partnerships
The environmental policies’ aim is to have sustainability taken into account within all procurement activities carried out by the city. By setting environmental criteria for public procurement, costs can be reduced and the synergy between the environment and the economy is improved. The city boosts the purchase of appliances and products that are more energy-efficient with a long service life. Helsinki is also pushing for the implementation of procurement of innovation.
The administration is also cooperating with the business community. According to the City of Helsinki’s environmental policy, Helsinki is to be made one of the top European capitals in terms of residents’ environmental awareness. The commitment of residents and city employees to environmental policy is being encouraged by means of, for example, environmental education.
Helsinki became (21 Oct. 2013) the seventh Finnish city and the University of Helsinki the fourth Finnish university to earn Fair Trade designations. And the Procurement Director of the City of Helsinki, Jorma Lamminmäki, wants to achieve the goal of 100% SPP by 2020.
SPP IN ACTION
Energy efficient office ICT equipment
The City’s Centre acts as a central purchasing unit and manages purchasing framework agreements, such as the one for office IT equipment (and related services) which was published in October 2014. The total purchases made from the framework contract are expected to yield energy savings of 27% and cost savings of €72,000 over the lifetime of the products - offsetting a total of 172 tonnes of CO2 equivalents. Forecasts have been made using Helsinki’s last tender, from 2012, for office IT equipment as a benchmark. The framework contract was made with three operators/suppliers and has an estimated value of €50,000,000 (excluding value added tax). Download the full case study here.