• Public procurement could have a considerable multiplier effect on the development of healthy and green cities. We want to promote this and use our cooperation with other cities to keep the momentum to make this approach a reality.
    Deputy Mayor Arno Bonte


By 2030, 40% reduction in energy consumption in municipal buildings 

By 2025, zero emission urban delivery of goods and services

By 2018, 25% of city owned vehicles to be clean

The City of Rotterdam is committed to 100% sustainable procurement from 2015 onwards


One of the largest ports in the world and also the second largest city in the Netherlands, Rotterdam is a hub for transport and world trade.

Rotterdam City Council has a major program of work dedicated to strengthening the use of sustainability standards in public procurement.  Requiring contractors to deliver these requirements brings long-term good to the community. The city has been very active in pursuing best value for money covering a wide range of social benefits by creating skills and training opportunities for the long-term unemployed, supporting SMEs and social enterprises, promoting fair and ethical trade, driving innovation in design or build and protecting the environment.

In 2015, a new sustainable development strategy was introduced. It is designed to shape a healthy and green city, that is future-proof and innovative. Within this framework, public procurement is explicitly recognized as an effective way to lead by example.

Rotterdam is committed to 100% sustainable procurement from 2015 onward. The city takes its responsibility seriously in creating a clean, green and healthy city where sustainability contributes to a strong economy. In line with national policy, the 100% sustainable procurement commitment comprises a broad range of areas. For example, to achieve a 40% reduction in the energy used in city-owned buildings by 2030 which involves the procurement of maintenance, repair, and operations with energy savings award criteria.

The city fleet will be gradually replaced by clean and energy-efficient vehicles. Rotterdam is tendering to achieve zero emission performance when feasible and are dedicated to achieving zero emission deliveries of goods and services by 2020. In many of the tenders, suppliers are required to report about responsible business practices throughout the product chain, sometimes supported by an extended environmental life cycle assessment and closing material loops. The City aims to invest in solar panels on 70 of the city0s public sport facilities, such as gyms and swimming pools.

Among the city achievements, the integrated energy and maintenance performance contracting for municipal buildings, that accounts for more than 30% energy savings in swimming pools, and the introduction of LCA as an award criteria within one tender for building materials (pavement).  Rotterdam is also using environmental management systems (ISO14001), the CO2 performance Ladder and Envirometer to challenge suppliers, including SMEs to reduce their environmental impact.




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Energy performance contracting for swimming pools

Rotterdam awarded an Energy Performance Contract (EPC) using competitive dialogue procedure for the renovation, operation and maintenance of municipal swimming pools. Award of the contract was based on the energy savings and maintenance costs. Contract terms required guaranteed energy savings, building condition and comfort, all subject to penalties. The winning contractor guaranteed 34% energy savings across the nine swimming pools in the contract. The contractor receives a financial bonus for energy savings of over 34% each year or cumulative penalties if they fall short. The case study can be found here.





ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
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