OUR PARTICIPANTS
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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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

The cities have established these clear and measurable targets and are working on strategies to deliver on them.


GHENT

 

Annual increase of 10% in contracts awarded to the social economy sector

ROTTERDAM

 

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

WARSAW

 

By 2020, a total
of 130 electric buses will be
in operation

HELSINKI

 

By 2020, 100% of procurement processes will integrate sustainability

SEOUL

 

By 2017, 40% of selected product purchases to be green

MONTRÉAL

 

By 2020, 30% of bus fleet to be converted to hybrids

TSHWANE

 

By 2020, 40% of the city bus fleet will be green

BUDAPEST

 

By 2020, 100% of the procurement processes will integrate sustainability and green aspects


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.



News

Cape Town drafts a new Green Procurement Action Plan
Cape Town drafts a new Green Procurement Action Plan
Cape Town drafts a new Green Procurement Action Plan

The City of Cape Town has drafted a Green Procurement Action Plan with the aim of supporting and sustaining green industries and solutions in the city. The plan, which will appear before council for deliberation in 2018, will include the setting of targets for green procurement in various sectors.

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Cape Town drafts a new Green Procurement Action Plan

13 December 2017

The City of Cape Town has drafted a Green Procurement Action Plan with the aim of supporting and sustaining green industries and solutions in the city. The plan, which will appear before council for deliberation in 2018, will include the setting of targets for green procurement in various sectors.

“Government, including municipalities, has enormous purchasing power. By leveraging our spending power, we can do a lot to encourage suppliers and service providers to use environmentally responsible production solutions in their day-to-day business,” says Johan van der Merwe, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Finance.

The City recently also adopted a Climate Change Policy, which states that it will “consider the life-cycle cost of goods and services in City supply chain management processes, thereby promoting the use of climate-appropriate resources, technologies and approaches and stimulating the market for these products and services, with a focus on local supply where available”.

Cape Town was a founding participant of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement and recently presented its plans at the GLCN on SP High Level Event at COP 23.

3rd High Level Event of the GLCN on SP at the COP 23
3rd High Level Event of the GLCN on SP at the COP 23
3rd High Level Event of the GLCN on SP at the COP 23

Mayors, Deputy Mayors and other political representatives from the cities of Auckland, Budapest, Cape Town, Denver, Ghent, Oslo, Seoul and Tshwane were speaking at the 3rd annual High Level Assembly of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable ...

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3rd High Level Event of the GLCN on SP at the COP 23

11 November 2017

Mayors, Deputy Mayors and other political representatives from the cities of Auckland, Budapest, Cape Town, Denver, Ghent, Oslo, Seoul and Tshwane were speaking at the 3rd annual High Level Assembly of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement. At the event, taking place on 11 November 2017 at COP23 in Bonn, the cities presented their sustainable procurement commitments and achievements, and shared their knowledge and experience. In leading by example, participants of the Network aim to accelerate the implementation of sustainable purchasing worldwide.

Park Won Soon, Mayor of Seoul Metropolitan Government and chair of the GLCN on SP said: “Leaders of cities around the world convened in Seoul in April 2015 and agreed to launch a network of cities committed to 100 percent sustainable procurement. Much progress has been made since then and our interactions today will be the foundation on which we strive for a better, brighter, and more sustainable future.”

Raymond Johansen, Governing Mayor of Oslo, explained how the capital of Norway is addressing climate change through the city’s new procurement strategy. He said: “By launching our new Procurement Strategy, the City of Oslo wants to ensure that our spending contributes to more sustainable economies and societies. As part of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement, we want to influence other cities in doing the same.”

Solly Msimanga, Executive Mayor of Tshwane, announced that 40% of the city’s bus fleet will be green by 2020. Tine Heyse, Vice Mayor of Ghent, stressed the city’s commitment to an annual increase of 10% in contracts awarded to the social economy sector.

Johannes van der Merwe, Councillor of the City of Cape Town, explained the city’s Green Economy Strategy, including a target for 20% renewable energy in city buildings by 2020. Penny Hulse, Councillor of Auckland, outlined the city achievements, which include the procurement of a new underground rail link that involves zero waste and low emission construction and is creating job and training opportunities in the city.

Jerry Tinianow, Chief Sustainability Officer of Denver, said that by 2020, 25% of food purchases will originate from the State of Colorado and Péter Szegvári, Chief Advisor of the Mayor of Budapest, confirmed that 100% of the city’s procurement processes will integrate sustainability and green aspects by 2020.

With a unified voice, they highlighted the power of local authorities to increase sustainable procurement activities in order to improve their citizens’ lives and achieve other social, economic and environmental benefits.

3rd High Level Event to take place at the COP23
3rd High Level Event to take place at the COP23
3rd High Level Event to take place at the COP23

Participants of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement will come together in Bonn in November for the network’s 3rd High Level Event, at the COP23. The event will be held ...

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3rd High Level Event to take place at the COP23

3 November 2017

Participants of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement will come together in Bonn in November for the network’s 3rd High Level Event, at the COP23. The event will be held in the Cities & Regions Pavilion in the afternoon of 11 November (from 12.00 until 14.00). During the summit, high level city representatives will showcase the sustainable procurement activities and commitments which the participating cities have introduced, and the power these can have in addressing climate change.

Chair of the Network Mayor Park Won Soon of Seoul Metropolitan Government (Korea) will be joined at the event by political representatives including Governing Mayor Johansen of Oslo (Norway), Executive Mayor Msimanga of Tshwane (South Africa), and Mayor Bautista of Quezon City (Philippines). Deputy Mayor Sinnemäki of Helsinki (Finland), Vice Mayor Heyse of Ghent (Belgium), Councillor van der Merwe of Cape Town, and Councillor Hulse of Auckland (New Zealand) will also take the stage. The cities of Denver (United States) and Budapest (Hungary) will be represented by high level advisors. It will serve as an inspirational session for other Mayors and cities attending the COP23 to consider the power of sustainable procurement.

The Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement is an initiative launched by Seoul Metropolitan Government in partnership with ICLEI, with the support of the United Nations Environment Programme and the Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute.

Cities and Regions Pavilion – UNFCCC Bonn Zone

The Cities and Regions Pavilion is located in the UNFCCC Bonn Zone. The City of Bonn and the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia are co-hosts of local and regional engagement at COP23 in Bonn. ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is the organizing partner, acting on behalf of the Global Task Force of Local and Regional Governments. To check the program, click here.


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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

Leopoldring 3
79098 Freiburg
Germany

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

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