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

Auckland invests in electric vehicles
Auckland invests in electric vehicles
Auckland invests in electric vehicles

Auckland Transport, a Controlled Organisation (CCO) of Auckland Council (New Zealand) responsible for all of the region’s transport services, has invested 1.2 Million NZD $ into electric vehicles, making it the single largest electric vehicle purchase as part of the Government procurement programme.

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Auckland invests in electric vehicles

5 February 2018

Auckland Transport, a Controlled Organisation (CCO) of Auckland Council (New Zealand) responsible for all of the region’s transport services, has invested 1.2 Million NZD $ into electric vehicles, making it the single largest electric vehicle purchase as part of the Government procurement programme.

The move saw Auckland Transport (AT) add 20 Electric Vehicles (EVs) to its fleet and increase its charging infrastructure across the city.

Speaking about the initiative, Auckland Mayor Phil Goff, said: “It sends a clear signal that our city is serious about reducing emissions and protecting our environment. Climate change is a defining issue of our time and setting ambitious zero-emission targets is the only way we will make a serious impact on reducing our carbon emissions.”

Auckland Transport Chief Financial Officer, Richard Morris, added: “[This] enables AT to start its journey towards a zero emission fleet.”

Transport is Auckland’s largest source of CO2 emissions and main capital and operational spend. This recent investment in Electric Vehicles follows on from previous achievements the city has had with the procurement of electric trains and the electrification of the entire rail network.

Auckland has also committed to procuring only e-buses by 2025, with two new e-buses soon to come into force.

For more information about Auckland’s procurement plans, visit their Sustainable Procurement Profile.

Socially Responsible Procurement Action Plan launched by Rotterdam
Socially Responsible Procurement Action Plan launched by Rotterdam
Socially Responsible Procurement Action Plan launched by Rotterdam

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Socially Responsible Procurement Action Plan launched by Rotterdam

29 January 2018

Rotterdam has released a Socially Responsible Procurement Action Plan. The plan, approved in December 2017 by the Executive Board, describes the way in which the city puts into action the agreements from the Socially Responsible Procurement Manifesto, a scheme developed by PIANOo, on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. The starting point is the effective and efficient use of the purchasing function for social policy objectives, such as employment and a clean environment.

When companies receive an order, Rotterdam sets social conditions, so that jobs, traineeships and apprenticeships become available to people with a disadvantage in the labour market. Environmental aspects also form part of the commitments. Since 2008, contractors have to meet environmental requirements for the use of trucks and construction machinery. Construction materials such as PVC pipes should be fully recycled and all wood comes from sustainably managed forests. Rotterdam is also Fairtrade municipality and most recently has started to recycle coffee waste so the nutrients can be used in plant fertiliser. The new action plan will integrate different types of sustainable procurement goals, including circularity, zero emission logistics and energy performance.

Rotterdam aims to use the action plan to further embed responsible procurement and help bring all tenders to the desired level. The action plan describes how the cooperation between contract owners, buyers and policy advisers can work best and indicates how Rotterdam sets the conditions for successfully embedding socially responsible aspects in purchasing processes. Rotterdam, one of the founding cities of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement, also hopes the action plan will cement its position as a forerunner in the field of social procurement and make the municipality’s ambitions visible to the outside world.

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 ...

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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.


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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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