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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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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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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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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

Second GLCN on SP Mayoral Summit: sustainable procurement helping the Paris Agreement fulfill its promise
Second GLCN on SP Mayoral Summit: sustainable procurement helping the Paris Agreement fulfill its promise
Second GLCN on SP Mayoral Summit: sustainable procurement helping the Paris Agreement fulfill its promise

Political representatives from the cities in the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement (GLCN on SP) gathered this Friday for the Network’s Mayoral Second Annual Summit in Seoul. Representatives used the occasion to present their key achievements on sustainable public procurement and to announce their targets as GLCN cities. Seoul Metropolitan Government, Cha ...

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Second GLCN on SP Mayoral Summit: sustainable procurement helping the Paris Agreement fulfill its promise

2 September 2016

Political representatives from the cities in the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement (GLCN on SP) gathered this Friday for the Network’s Mayoral Second Annual Summit in Seoul. Representatives used the occasion to present their key achievements on sustainable public procurement and to announce their targets as GLCN cities. Seoul Metropolitan Government, Chair of the GLCN on SP, chose to include the Second Summit as part of the Mayors Forum on Climate Change to show the importance of sustainable procurement to combat climate change and to showcase the activities of the Network participants in attendance – Seoul, Auckland, Budapest, Cape Town, Helsinki, Montréal, Quezon City, and Warsaw.

The purpose of the Mayors Forum on Climate Change was to outline how cities and local governments can support national and global efforts to raise the level of global ambition, to ensure a rapid entry into force of the Paris Agreement. In that sense, cities in the GLCN on SP are prepared to step up to the challenge of using procurement to address climate change and help ensure that the Paris Agreement lives up to its promise.

"The cities need to open a sustainable future and continue to move forward based on the commitments that have been made today. This way the cities can tackle climate change through procurement," Park Won-soon, Mayor of Seoul Metropolitan Government and Chair of the GLCN on SP, said.

Seoul Metropolitan Government highlighted that in 2015, as a result of their mandatory requirement to purchase green products, procurement of sustainable products by the authority exceeded 50%. Len Brown, Mayor of Auckland, explained two major projects the city is involved in: a new metro rail which should help the city achieve 23% energy savings, and the replacement of 43,000 street lights with LED bulbs which will save NZ$36 million over 20 years.

Joy Belmonte, Deputy Mayor of the City of Quezon, detailed how the City’s Green Public Procurement Team, created in 2012, has been purchasing eco-labeled products and promoting the use of environmental friendly products. Johannes van der Merwe, Councillor of Cape Town Metropolitan Council, explained how the city has fully integrated energy efficiency requirements into IT procurement and used greener technologies for roads’ projects. The South African city now plans to finalize and adopt the Sustainable Procurement Action Plan as part of the City’s Green Economy Strategy and Action Plan.

Montréal, one of the latest cities to join the GLCN on SP, announced quantifiable targets for the electrification of the city fleet. Roger Lachance, Director of the Department of Environment of the City of Montréal, presented the plans: between this year and 2020 the City will convert 30% of the Société de transport de Montréal bus fleet to hybrid engines, and 230 municipal vehicles to 100% electric power in order to electrify and optimize the city’s transport system. Montréal will also increase the sustainability of its building stock in order to reach its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050.

Perttu Pohjonen, Special Envoy for the Deputy Mayor of Helsinki, explained how the city’s environmental network for procurement has reinforced the cooperation and information exchange needed for Helsinki to reach its 100% SPP target by 2020. Peter Szegvari , Senior Advisor to the Lord Mayor of the Capital City of Budapest, introduced some of the SPP initiatives underway in the capital of Hungary. These include the inauguration of a public bicycle-sharing system to reduce GHG emissions and the use of green criteria in the procurement process for the lighting of the Liberty Bridge, which resulted in the purchase of more than 500 LED light bulbs.

Marta Kęsik, Inspector of the Department of Strategy and Development of the City of Warsaw, announced plans to invest in the city’s public transportation and district heating. By 2020, the capital of Poland aims to bring 130 electric buses into operation and connect 229 social buildings to district heating. Improved energy efficiency in buildings is another key target, with guidelines for the proposed criteria to improve energy efficiency in buildings currently being developed.

Buenos Aires, the latest city to join the GLCN on SP
Buenos Aires, the latest city to join the GLCN on SP
Buenos Aires, the latest city to join the GLCN on SP

The Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement has welcomed a new city as part of the initiative: Buenos Aires, the capital of ...

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Buenos Aires, the latest city to join the GLCN on SP

8 August 2016

The Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement has welcomed a new city as part of the initiative: Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. With this new incorporation, a total of 14 cities are now part of the GLCN on SP, championing sustainable procurement globally, and setting ambitious and quantified targets on SPP that can serve as inspiration for other local and regional governments.

The Autonomous City of Buenos Aires is the largest and most populated city in Argentina. Its conurbation population is about 13 million people. The city has over 1050 green spaces.

In 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency of Buenos Aires, together with ICLEI, issued a manual on sustainable public procurement, including information about the concept, its history, its relevance, possible barriers and obstacles, and the benefits it entails. During the last years, local authorities have focused on the sustainable management of packaging, as well as in the responsible consumption and purchasing of paper. Energy efficiency has been another important topic. Buenos Aires has a leadership in the region in the operational implementation of sustainable practices in public procurement.

To learn more about SPP in Buenos Aires, read this interview (in Spanish)

The 2nd Annual Summit of the GLCN on SP to take place within the Seoul Mayors Forum on Climate Change
The 2nd Annual Summit of the GLCN on SP to take place within the Seoul Mayors Forum on Climate Change
The 2nd Annual Summit of the GLCN on SP to take place within the Seoul Mayors Forum on Climate Change

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The 2nd Annual Summit of the GLCN on SP to take place within the Seoul Mayors Forum on Climate Change

29 July 2016

Participants of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement will convene in Seoul, South Korea, to hold their 2nd Annual Summit. The gathering will take place within the Seoul Mayors Forum on Climate Change (1-2 September 2016), which will focus on two key developments: the Compact of Mayors and its relevance to the Paris Agreement, and the New Urban Agenda to be adopted at Habitat III.

The GLCN on SP Summit will demonstrate how sustainable public procurement is a key tool for local and regional governments to achieve environmental, economic and social benefits. It will serve as an inspirational session for other Mayors and cities attending the Forum to consider the power of sustainable procurement. The GLCN cities will present their SP commitments and actions, and encourage others to replicate strategies and policies. The inclusion of the GLCN on SP Summit within the Forum showcases the positive impact of sustainable procurement in achieving the 17 Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs) , including aims such as sustainable cities and communities, and sustainable consumption and production.

The Forum is organized by Seoul Metropolitan Government, chair of the GLCN on SP, in collaboration with ICLEI. The attendance to the Forum is by invitation only.

For more information on the Seoul Mayors Forum on Climate Change, 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

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79098 Freiburg
Germany

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

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