• By becoming a Lead City, Oslo wants to mobilize cities across the globe to use procurement as a strategic tool to accelerate the transition to more sustainable production and consumption.
    Governing Mayor of Oslo Raymond Johansen

OSLO - Norway

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Sustainable Procurement in Oslo

Oslo, the capital of Norway, is a hub of banking, shipping and trade in the country. It has a population of nearly 670,000 inhabitants. The vision for Oslo is a green, inclusive and smart city. Recently the City of Oslo was awarded the title of European Green Capital 2019.

As a member of the UN Global Compact, a voluntary initiative based on universal sustainability principles, the City of Oslo is committed to the Ten Principles concerning human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. The City of Oslo endeavors to enact and promote those principles in the city management and communicates publicly on the progress and the achievements. We communicate publicly about our efforts here

Oslo’s Climate and Energy Strategy outlines the roadmap for how the green transformation should be implemented in order to achieve Oslo's climate goals, while developing and upgrading an urban community. One remarkable milestone is adoption of the Climate Budget 2020. Oslo is the first city worldwide to adopt a Climate Budget following the Paris Agreement. Oslo`s Climate Budget is an integrated part of the Financial Budget. It includes 42 measures quantifying emission cuts needed by 2020.

Oslo aims at being a leader in using public procurement as a strategic tool to achieve our climate goals. The new Procurement Strategy of the City of Oslo adopted in October 2017 shows a reinforced commitment to sustainable procurement. The main target of the new Procurement Strategy is that

The Procurement Strategy has four sub-targets based on our vision for Oslo. The Oslo Municipality's procurements shall:

  • effectively contribute to providing citizens and businesses with solutions and services in line with current and future needs
  • make Oslo greener
  • make Oslo more socially inclusive and fair
  • make Oslo a smarter and more innovative city

The Procurement Strategy is fully aligned with the Climate Budget 2020. Both are built around three focus areas: Transport, Energy and buildings as well as Resource Efficiency. Oslo has made a significant progress in all the three areas.


The number of people travelling by public transport bicycle and on foot in Oslo is rising – at the expense of car traffic. Oslo has the world's highest proportion of electric cars and is called the “EV Capital of the World”. Local and national authorities have made buying and owning electric vehicles very attractive and have thus boosted the private market for zero emission vehicles. Today, 30 % of all new cars sold in Oslo are electric.

In November 2016 Oslo engaged in the BuyZETproject on procurement of innovative solutions for zero emission urban delivery of goods and services. BuyZET is an EU Horizon 2020 project coordinated by ICLEI. The project concept is realised by a set of activities that are applied in five participating cities: Rotterdam, Oslo and Copenhagen, as key project cities, and Brussels and Southampton as observer cities.

The ultimate goal of the project is to develop innovative procurement plans to help the participating cities achieve their goals of zero emission urban delivery of goods and services and to spread the results and experiences to other European cities. Oslo has also come a long way with regard to sustainable public transportation. Oslo is advancing in using biofuels and hydrogen in public transportation. Biogas is already an important energy source for buses in Oslo. And the proportion of buses running on biogas will only increase. The biogas used in Oslo is produced locally in the region from food waste and sewage. Replacing diesel with biogas gives massive reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.



Capital of Norway
>600k Inhabitants
480 km² Area
1,400/km² Density
>2 billion € Annual Spend
Joined 2015

“Oslo municipality shall carry out appropriate and cost-efficient procurement processes - delivering good and socially responsible solutions both in the short and the long term.”

Oslo in the Spotlight

Next-level procurement: Zero Emission and Circular
Next-level procurement: Zero Emission and Circular
Delivering zero-emissions: Oslo leverages procurement to take the lead
Delivering zero-emissions: Oslo leverages procurement to take the lead
Oslo conference showcases procurement as tool for cities to initiate change
Oslo conference showcases procurement as tool for cities to initiate change
GLCN Members Rotterdam and Oslo to showcase their SPP work at EcoProcura 2018
GLCN Members Rotterdam and Oslo to showcase their SPP work at EcoProcura 2018
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Sustainable Procurement Profile 2016


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