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PROCURING SUSTAINABLY, LEADING GLOBALLY

ABOUT THE NETWORK

The Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement is a group of 14 cities committed to drive a transition to sustainable consumption and production by implementing sustainable and innovation procurement. All participating cities are acting as ambassadors of sustainable procurement to lead to a resource efficient, low carbon and socially responsible society.

For more information, download the GLCN ON SP brochure.

Who are we?

Seoul (Republic of Korea) - Chair of the Network -, Auckland (New Zealand), Budapest (Hungary), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Cape Town (South Africa), Denver (United States), Ghent (Belgium), Helsinki (Finland), Montréal (Canada), Oslo (Norway), Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Tshwane (South Africa), Quezon City (Philippines) and Warsaw (Poland), we are the fourteen cities that are part of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement. We are are taking an exemplary role globally by purchasing sustainably and setting ambitious targets.

ICLEI acts as co-ordinator of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement. Building on its 20 years of experience on sustainable procurement, ICLEI is supporting the Network cities in our target setting, implementation and monitoring of measures.

Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute (KEITI) has welcomed the initiative and is looking forward to its integration in the 10YFP on SPP Programme.

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WHY SUSTAINABLE PROCUREMENT?

Procurement makes up a significant proportion of public expenditure. According to the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), an average of 15 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP) is spent through public procurement systems each year, amounting to over $10 trillion.

By introducing sustainable criteria, an organization makes sure that the products and services bought achieve value for money and generate environmental, societal and economic benefits.

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WHAT ARE OUR GOALS?

As leading cities, we want to accelerate the implementation of sustainable procurement and procurement of innovation worldwide. We form a unified voice within the international community to raise awareness and foster sustainable development.

Our aim is to meet, share and develop capabilities to implement sustainable purchasing practices, as well as to help develop a supportive political framework for implementation.

By taking smart procurement decisions, we can reduce negative environmental impacts, achieve financial efficiency, encourage innovation, boost green jobs, and strengthen labor rights.

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PUBLICATIONS

The Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement is producing a series of publications, presentations and other tools of interest for public authorities implementing sustainable procurement and procurement of innovation practices.


COMMITMENTS

Cities participating in the Network are leading by example globally in sustainable procurement implementation.

We have committed to:

  • Set ambitious, quantified targets on SPP
  • Report on our achievements
  • Act as global and regional champions of SPP

We are currently working on the establishment of these clear and measurable targets, which will be announced before the end of 2016.


News

Auckland's City Rail link, a good practice of sustainable procurement
Auckland's City Rail link, a good practice of sustainable procurement
Auckland's City Rail link, a good practice of sustainable procurement

Expected to be finished by 2024, Auckland’s City Rail Link (CRL) is the largest infrastructure project in the City and will cater for 30,000 passengers per hour at peak times on trains that will run every 10 minutes. In Auckland, transport is responsible for about 40% of GHG emissions – the majority from road transport. By offering commuters a new possibility, Auckland ...

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Auckland's City Rail link, a good practice of sustainable procurement

10 April 2017

Expected to be finished by 2024, Auckland’s City Rail Link (CRL) is the largest infrastructure project in the City and will cater for 30,000 passengers per hour at peak times on trains that will run every 10 minutes. In Auckland, transport is responsible for about 40% of GHG emissions – the majority from road transport. By offering commuters a new possibility, Auckland will reduce its footprint and will help New Zealand to meet its international commitments on climate change.

The CRL is a good example of sustainable procurement, as sustainability underpins the whole project from conception to construction. It is the first public transport project in New Zealand to measure carbon emissions associated with its construction and operation. It also aspires to achieve zero waste to landfill. The project also has a social component, by focusing on skills legacy, apprenticeships and new jobs for the unemployed.

Key sustainability initiatives planned for the street tunnels over the project lifetime include the use of LED street-lighting, installing tree pits in the street to collect and filter stormwater runoff, and switching from diesel generators to grid electricity during construction. Furthermore, sustainability is embedded into the management systems.

Letter from Pekka Sauri, Deputy Mayor of Helsinki, one the GLCN on SP founding participants
Letter from Pekka Sauri, Deputy Mayor of Helsinki, one the GLCN on SP founding participants
Letter from Pekka Sauri, Deputy Mayor of Helsinki, one the GLCN on SP founding participants

Cities around the world have a crucial role in the transition to sustainable consumption and production by using sustainable public procurement (SPP) as a key tool. By introducing sustainable criteria in our purchases, local and regional governme ...

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Letter from Pekka Sauri, Deputy Mayor of Helsinki, one the GLCN on SP founding participants

24 March 2017

Cities around the world have a crucial role in the transition to sustainable consumption and production by using sustainable public procurement (SPP) as a key tool. By introducing sustainable criteria in our purchases, local and regional governments are making our societies more sustainable, while at the same time ensuring social justice and fair treatment, and generating economic benefits.

2016 marked 20 years of work on sustainable procurement for ICLEI. Figures speak for themselves: during these two decades over 2,000 people have been trained; 300 cities in more than 50 countries have been supported; and 1 million tonnes of CO2 have been saved through the involvement in 150 projects, 100 conferences, seminars and workshops.

The City of Helsinki, as the Chair of the Procura+ European Sustainable Procurement Network and a founding participant of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement, is championing SPP to accelerate its implementation worldwide. In these networks, we are sharing experiences, learning from others, and engaging with all stakeholders, including suppliers we buy from. Every single purchasing choice we make has an impact on our cities and on our citizens, so we want our decisions to be as smart as possible to foster resource efficient and low-carbon societies.

In Helsinki we have committed to achieve 100% sustainable public procurement in 2020. The goal for this year is 70%. To achieve these goals, all city departments and subsidiaries are being trained to make sustainable procurements.

Sustainable procurement is about considering what is really needed from a holistic perspective – so as to explore possibilities such as reusing products or leasing them – and deciding whether we need to buy or contract certain products or services. Then, it is about introducing sustainable criteria in the tenders.

By promoting SPP, local and regional authorities are also contributing to the Sustainable Development Goal #12: ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns. SPP also plays an important part in reducing GHG emissions, boosting green jobs and encouraging suppliers to promote fair employment.

I would like to encourage all colleagues to embrace sustainable procurement practices to achieve social, economic and environmental value for the money cities are spending.

Pekka Sauri

Deputy Mayor, City of Helsinki, Finland, member of ICLEI’s European Regional Executive Committee, and Procura+ Network Chair

This letter originally featured in CityTalk, a blog produced by ICLEI, on 9 March 2017.

Auckland replaced 12,500 lights with LEDs in 2016
Auckland replaced 12,500 lights with LEDs in 2016
Auckland replaced 12,500 lights with LEDs in 2016

The City of Auckland has issued its sustainable procurement profile that is now downloadable both from the Publications page and the city webpage. It highlights that by the end of 2016, 12,500 streetlights were replaced with LEDs, achieving a sav ...

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Auckland replaced 12,500 lights with LEDs in 2016

16 January 2017

The City of Auckland has issued its sustainable procurement profile that is now downloadable both from the Publications page and the city webpage. It highlights that by the end of 2016, 12,500 streetlights were replaced with LEDs, achieving a saving of 72% on energy consumption. This is part of Auckland’s LED replacement programme, with a commitment to replace over 44,000 high pressure sodium streetlights with LEDs by 2018, a good example of sustainable procurement.

Other sectors in which the City is purchasing sustainably are transport, waste, and energy and buildings. Amongst its future plans, the trial of e-buses, a wider EV/hybrid fleet replacement, and additional electric vehicle charge points.

Auckland, that joined the GLCN on SP in 2015, has been active in sustainable procurement for several years. Some of its sustainable public procurement achievements are the ISO 14001 training with suppliers that the City carried out, and the retrofitting of the city building achieving 82% waste to landfill diversion, 39% emerge savings and social benefits.

Visit Auckland’s page to download its SP Profile.


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Contact

To find out more about the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement, contact:

ICLEI's Sustainable Procurement Centre
c/o ICLEI European Secretariat
Mr. Mark Hidson

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

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