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?

Tshwane (South Africa) - 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), Quezon City (Philippines), Seoul (Republic of Korea) 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




News

GLCN Cities call for sustainable procurement at UN Environment Assembly
GLCN Cities call for sustainable procurement at UN Environment Assembly
GLCN Cities call for sustainable procurement at UN Environment Assembly

The United Nations Environmental Assembly is the highest level global decision making body on issues related to environment held every two ...

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GLCN Cities call for sustainable procurement at UN Environment Assembly

22 March 2019

The United Nations Environmental Assembly is the highest level global decision making body on issues related to environment held every two years since 2013. 


At the 4th Session of UNEA to be held in Nairobi this week, national governments are negotiating a set of resolutions aiming at building sustainable, prosperous and inclusive societies that address key environmental challenges with innovative solutions and rely on responsible patterns of consumption and production.


During the UNEA Cities conference on March 13, ICLEI hosted a session on integrated planning and policies for circular transitions. Convening cities, national government representatives and business, the session explored how circular urban systems that achieve both social and ecological benefits can be promoted through nature-based solutions, public procurement and technologies.


GLCN member cities Tshwane (South Africa) and Oslo (Norway) were among the ICLEI delegation to UNEA. The City of Oslo highlighted the importance that ICLEI’s work and the GLCN network has had for advancing the City’s sustainable procurement practices and leverage the power of procurement to achieve sustainability outcomes.


Learn more about ICLEI’s call for circular development here.


 

GLCN Member Rotterdam wins procurement award at major european sustainability event
GLCN Member Rotterdam wins procurement award at major european sustainability event
GLCN Member Rotterdam wins procurement award at major european sustainability event

The biggest successes in public procurement were honoured on October 4th at the EcoProcura conference in the Dutch city of Nijmegen, with a clutch of top class projects in sustainability and innovation winning the 2018 Procura+ Awards.


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GLCN Member Rotterdam wins procurement award at major european sustainability event

5 October 2018

The biggest successes in public procurement were honoured on October 4th at the EcoProcura conference in the Dutch city of Nijmegen, with a clutch of top class projects in sustainability and innovation winning the 2018 Procura+ Awards.


This year’s Innovation Procurement of the Year was awarded to GLCN Member Rotterdam, which is pioneering the procurement of innovative goods and services to make the city more accessible for the elderly or citizens with special needs. Its efforts involve a multitude of local SMEs.


Warmly welcoming the award, the city’s vice mayor Arno Bonte said: “We are honoured to receive the Procura+ Award for Innovation Procurement of the Year! The city of Rotterdam continuously seeks innovative and sustainable solution to our citizens’ needs and I am delighted that the hard work of our procurement team is recognised at a European level.”


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GLCN Member Ghent shortlisted for European Sustainability award
GLCN Member Ghent shortlisted for European Sustainability award
GLCN Member Ghent shortlisted for European Sustainability award

GLCN Member Ghent (Belgium) was recently announced as a shortlisted candidate for the 2018 Transformative Action Award.


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GLCN Member Ghent shortlisted for European Sustainability award

18 September 2018

GLCN Member Ghent (Belgium) was recently announced as a shortlisted candidate for the 2018 Transformative Action Award.


The award, which is co-organised by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, The Basque Country and the City of Aalborg (Denmark), rewards current or concluded Transformative Actions that address the pathways of the Basque Declaration related to three categories: socio-cultural, socio-economic and, technological transformation.


From a strong field of 40 applications, the City of Ghent (Belgium) was shortlisted for seeking to transform the city’s local food system through participative governance models, the introduction of a food policy council and sustainable food procurement.


Other shortlisted candidates includes: the City of Bologna (Italy), for entering into collaborative pacts with their citizens in order to increase civic engagement and regenerate urban commons, and the City of Tirana (Albania), for increasing urban green space around the city, to counteract urban sprawl.


For more information about the shortlisted candidates, click here.  To learn more about Ghent's Sustainable Procurement work and goals, 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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