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19 June 2018

EcoProcura 2018 breakout sessions confirmed

The EcoProcura 2018 conference on sustainable, circular and innovation procurement has confirmed the breakout sessions of its programme from 3-5 October in Nijmegen (The Netherlands).

EcoProcura 2018, marking 20 years of the conference series, will bring together over 400 procurers, policy makers, businesses, researchers and international organisations.

The interactive breakout sessions will provide an opportunity to discuss and identify ways of using procurement as an effective tool in the strategic decision making process of a public authority.

Breakout sessions are planned for the first and second day of the conference, 3 October 16:20 – 18:00 and 4 October 14:00 – 15:40, respectively. Some of the sustainable, strategic, circular and innovation procurement related topics to be explored include: circular economy, mobility, buildings and infrastructure, measuring the impact of procurement, food and catering, sustainable finance, social procurement, and energy.

To read the full list of Breakout sessions and more information about each individual session, take a look at the conference programme.

For more information about the conference, and to register before 31 August in order to avoid the late fee, click here.

12 June 2018

GLCN network to be showcased at ICLEI World Congress

Every three years, ICLEI holds its World Congress to showcase how local and regional governments within its network are advancing sustainable urban development worldwide. With over 1,200 expected participants and more than 200 speakers, the World Congress provides a platform to move the sustainable urban development agenda forward.

The ICLEI World Congress 2018, taking place 19 - 22 June in GLCN City Montreal (Canada), will also play host to the 4th High Level Event of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement (GLCN).

On Wednesday June 20, 16:00 – 17:30 (GMT-4), Mayors and representatives from the GLCN network will present the commitments and achievements they have made over the last year, and plans they have for the future.

Confirmed speakers include Solly Msimanga, Mayor of GLCN City Tshwane (South Africa), Bo-Youn Hwang, Assistant Mayor, Climate and Environment, GLCN City Seoul (South Korea), Murphy Robinson, Executive Director of General Services, GLCN City Denver (USA), Mark Hidson, Global Director, ICLEI’s Sustainable Procurement Centre, Johannes Van Der Merwe, Councilor of Economic, Environmental and Spatial Planning, GLCN City Cape Town (South Africa), Balázs Szeneczey, Deputy Mayor, GLCN City Budapest (Hungary) and Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, Mayor, GLCN City Warsaw (Poland).

For more information about the session and the sustainable procurement events taking place as part of the ICLEI World Congress, click here.

5 June 2018

2018 TA award - Win €10,000 for your next procurement action

The winner of the 2018 Transformative Action Award will receive a prize of €10,000 to help initiate further transformative actions in the winner’s city or region.

Innovative and sustainable procurement actions working towards socio-economic, socio-cultural or technological transformation are particularly welcomed, especially those which showcase the use of public procurement as an instrument to accelerate the market introduction of innovative and sustainable technologies.

The award, co-organised by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the Basque Country, and the City of Aalborg (Denmark), rewards ongoing or concluded Transformative Actions that use the 15 pathways outlined in the Basque Declaration to bring about the socio-cultural, socio-economic, and technological transformation of societies.

Current or concluded actions in the field of procurement can apply for the award by the closing date of 31 July 2018. Applicants will be shortlisted in September and the award ceremony will be held at the European Committee of the Regions, Brussels (Belgium) in November 2018.

For more information and to apply for the Transformative Action Award, visit the Sustainable Cities Platform.

28 May 2018

GLCN Members Budapest and Seoul meet to discuss climate policy

GLCN Member cities Budapest (Hungary) and Seoul (South Korea) recently met, 25 May, in the Hungarian capital to discuss climate change, sustainable procurement strategies and renewable energy policies.

The South Korean delegation, which was led by Kiho Jeon, the Deputy Director for the Environmental Policy Division of the Seoul Metropolitan Government, met city staff and officials in Budapest and discussed strategies to address climate change, and shared accomplishments and best practices.

For more information about the sustainable procurement work of our member cities, click here.

28 May 2018

Budapest presents their sustainable procurement work at EU Green Week 2018

GLCN Member Budapest (Hungary) recently presented their sustainable procurement work, commitments and plans at EU Green Week, 21-25 May, in Brussels (Belgium).

Among the organisations, networks and projects named as influencers behind their procurement plans and strategies were: the CEPPI Project, Procura+, membership of ICLEI Europe and the GLCN network.

The presentation focused on the city’s immediate procurement plans for 2018 and future goals and plans the city has.

The city’s procurement plans for 2018 include: developing a SPP training programme, creating a sustainable and green procurement toolkit, and creating a sustainable procurement strategy for the city.

For more information about Budapest’s sustainable procurement work, plans and targets, click here.

24 May 2018

ICLEI World Congress to feature sustainable procurement

In recent years, sustainable procurement has grown in both scope and depth, as the knowledge and techniques developed by frontrunners have been disseminated and standards raised.

The ICLEI World Congress 2018 on 19 - 22 June in Montreal will explore how sustainable procurement can address different sustainability agendas and call for ambitious and strategic sustainable procurement practices during the 4th High Level Event of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement (GLCN).

The GLCN brings together 14 cities from across the globe - including Montreal - to drive a transition to sustainable consumption and production, by acting as ambassadors of sustainable procurement and championing a resource efficeint, low carbon and socially responsible society.

Have a look at the full sustainable procurement track and learn more about Ville de Montréal's ambitious sustainable procurement targets on the GLCN website.

18 May 2018

GLCN on SP presented at EcoProcura China 2018

Philipp Tepper, Coordinator, ICLEI sustainable economy and procurement delivered a presentation on the GLCN on SP network and introduced the commitments and achievements GLCN member cities have made over the last year at EcoProcura China, which recently took place in Beijing (China) on 16-17 May.

EcoProcura China is a two day conference which brought together 31 representatives and officials from 11 Chinese local governments alongside global experts, to share knowledge and best practices and explore the ways in which green public procurement can be used as an effective mechanism to achieve emission reduction targets and sustainable development goals within emerging economies in Asia.

During the conference, ICLEI East Asia launched the Procura+ East Asia network, the first network of its kind in the region, which will serve the interests of local governments in the region to accelerate green procurement.

Participants of Procura+ East Asia will be brought together through regular events and exchange programs to collectively develop new policies and criteria on specific areas related to green procurement. The Procura+ East Asia will also showcase participants’ achievement on the global stage and celebrate their success through the Procura+ Awards.

For more information, click here.

15 May 2018

EcoProcura 2018: Four days left to submit to call for contributions

With only four days left until the call for contributions closes, don’t miss the opportunity to showcase your work to attendees from across Europe and other world regions at EcoProcura 2018 – a three day conference on sustainable, circular, and innovation procurement, taking place from 3-5 October in Nijmegen (Netherlands).

The deadline for the call for contributions for the Market Lounge, Speed Presentation, Disruptors and Game Changers, and Supplier Engagement conference sessions is Friday 18 May.

Procurement practitioners, public authorities, policy makers, suppliers and legal experts are invited to submit proposals online via the EcoProcura 2018 website.

Organisations, projects and businesses, which offer sustainable procurement services and expertise, are also invited to apply for a space at the EcoProcura 2018 Exhibition zone.  The Exhibition zone will serve as a key meeting and networking spot, featuring procurement- related initiatives and organisations. For more information about costs and layout and to secure your spot today, contact us at ecoprocura2018@iclei.org.

For all the latest conference updates and information, from information on breakout sessions, practical information on Nijmegen and how to get to the city, and information about our speakers, visit the conference website.

26 April 2018

EcoProcura 2018 launches registration and extends call for contributions

Registration is now open for the EcoProcura 2018 conference on sustainable, circular, and innovation procurement, taking place from 3-5 October in Nijmegen (Netherlands). EcoProcura 2018, marking 20 years of the conference series, will bring together over 400 procurers, policy makers, businesses, researchers and international organisations.

The interactive programme will present, discuss and identify ways of using procurement as an effective tool in the strategic decision making process of a public authority. It will focus on important policy areas for sustainable, innovative and circular future, such as sustainable mobility, renewable energy and low carbon infrastructure. Approaches to organisational culture and behaviour change to achieve sustainable, innovation and circular procurement will also be explored.  In addition, participants will have the chance to learn more about topics such as, life-cycle costing, design of specifications and monitoring of contracts.

Confirmed speakers for the conference include Dr. Bertrand Piccard, Chairman, Solar Impulse Foundation, Hubert Bruls, Mayor of Nijmegen, Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, Mayor of Malmö (Sweden) and Mark Hidson, Global Director, ICLEI’s Sustainable Procurement Centre, with further speakers to be announced soon.

The deadline for call for contributions for the Market Lounge, Speed Presentation, Disruptors and Game Changers, and Supplier Engagement conference sessions has been extended to 18 May 2018. Procurement practitioners, public authorities, policy makers, suppliers and legal experts are invited to submit proposals online via the EcoProcura 2018 website.

For more information and to register, or submit a proposal to the call for contributions, visit the EcoProcura 2018 website.

24 April 2018

GLCN are proud endorsers of EcoProcura 2018

GLCN are proud endorsers of the EcoProcura 2018 conference on sustainable, circular and innovation procurement, which is set to take place from 3-5 October in Nijmegen (The Netherlands).

EcoProcura is an international conference series which has been running for the past twenty years. The long-running series has sought to provide a platform to push the sustainable urban development agenda forward through sustainable, innovative and circular procurement, both from a practical and policy perspective.

This year’s conference will bring over 400 procurers from all levels of government, policy-makers, suppliers and representatives from the European Commission and European Parliament together to exchange on strategies and practical solutions for including sustainability, circularity and innovation in public procurement.

For more information about the conference and to register today, click here.

27 March 2018

GLCN Member Warsaw invests in Electric buses

Warsaw MZA bus operator, which is a municipal company controlled by the City of Warsaw (Poland), has purchased 130 low floor, low emission electric busses with associated infrastructure.

The move makes it the largest project on e-buses in the whole region of Central-Eastern Europe and constitutes a major step forward towards the transformation of Warsaw urban transportation, in turn lessening its dependency on fossil fuels.

The project includes as many as 130 buses, one tenth of the vehicle stock of Warsaw MZA municipal bus operator, together with modern associated infrastructure, including construction of aerial chargers at ends of selected bus lines and adaptation of bus depots.

The total cost of the project is estimated at 89 498 576 USD, which will be paid in part through financing from the Polish Operational Programme “Infrastructure and Environment”, which distributes EU Assistance funds, and in part through the City of Warsaw.

In the long run the project is hoped to assist the Poland-wide trend towards electric mobility, limiting risks related to CO2 emissions generated by fossil fuels consumed in the transportation sector worldwide.

The project will also massively reduce the amount of pollutants such as NOx and SO2, which are generated by Diesel buses, and will also massively reduce noise pollution in the Polish capital.

For more information about Warsaw’s Sustainable Procurment work, visit their profile on the GLCN website.


22 March 2018

Procurement strategies for sustainability in the spotlight at Procura+ seminar

GLCN Member Oslo‘s Vice Mayor for Finance Robert Steen has used the 15th Procura+ Seminar to highlight how innovative public procurement strategies can achieve ambitious targets at the city level.

Vice Mayor Steen delivered an opening speech to more than 100 delegates at the Procura+ European Sustainable Procurement Network‘s flagship seminar event hosted by the city of Oslo, a long-term network participant.

“Public procurement is one of the most powerful tools to lower emissions, and it can achieve its full potential through ambitious, coordinated strategies at the city and regional level,“ said Mayor Steen.

“Oslo‘s climate budget and procurement strategy will enable it to achieve significant and quantifiable emissions reductions. By working with other cities and public authorities through the Procura+ network, we hope that Oslo‘s approach can be replicated elsewhere,” he added.

The seminar was also used as the occasion to announce the Procura+ network‘s new chairperson, Mayor of Malmö (Sweden), Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh.

“Since Malmö joined in 2012, Procura+ has evolved from a campaign to a diverse network of public authorities and strategic partners with new interest groups on circular and socially responsible public procurement. The field of procurement itself is becoming more embedded and diversified, as policy-makers from local government to the European level realise the potential of public spend as a tool to achieve environmental and social objectives. It is through seminars like today‘s that public authorities build their capacity and confidence to implement sustainability measures with tangible results,“ said Mayor Stjernfeldt Jammeh.

The Procura+ Seminar, organised by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability , a global network of more than 1,500 cities, towns and regions, gathered over 100 procurement practitioners and policy makers to discuss how sustainable and innovation procurement can be used to help public authorities meet strategic objectives in a cost effective way. The seminar was hosted by the City of Oslo and organised in the context of the SPP Regions sustainable procurement networking project.

Procura+ was founded by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability in 2004. It quickly grew into a significant Europe- wide movement, with participating cities playing an active role in driving its activities. As the number of members grew, the campaign transitioned into a network of European public authorities and regions in 2015. New public authority participants include the Greater London Authority Group (UK) and Haarlem (Netherlands). Public authorities use the network to connect, exchange, and act on sustainable and innovation procurement.

“Having been at the forefront of advancing the sustainable and innovation procurement agenda for twenty-two years, ICLEI is particularly proud of the success story of the Procura+ network. Going beyond merely identifying the potential of public procurement, the network actually supports and guides public authorities in implementing sustainable practices to achieve tangible emissions reductions, and often financial savings,“ said Mark Hidson, Global Director of ICLEI’s Sustainable Procurement Centre.

“The objectives of the Paris Agreement cannot be unlocked by national governments alone; it has never been more crucial that cities and regions lead the way collaboratively in setting and achieving emissions targets, and use their economic leverage to drive innovation for social and environmental ends,“ he added.

For more information about Oslo's Sustainable Procurement work, read their Sustainable Procurement Profile on our website.


15 March 2018

Call for contributions to EcoProcura 2018 conference now open

The EcoProcura 2018 conference on sustainable, circular and innovation procurement has opened a call for contributions for four elements of its programme from 3-5 October in Nijmegen (The Netherlands).

Procurement practitioners, public authorities, policy makers, suppliers and legal experts are invited to submit ideas for the Market Lounge, Speed Presentation, Disruptors and Game Changers, and Supplier Engagement conference sessions by 30 April 2018.

The 10th edition of the EcoProcura conference will bring together over 400 procurers, policy makers, businesses, researchers and international organisations. The interactive programme will focus on European policy and international initiatives, and explore topics such as the potential and implementation of circular procurement, life-cycle costing, monitoring and e-Procurement.

Proposals can be submitted online via the recently launched EcoProcura 2018 website, where a programme outline is now available. Updates and details of sessions, speakers and topics will be posted on the website over the coming months, and online registration will open in April.

For more information on the call for contributions and the latest programme updates, visit the EcoProcura 2018 website.

8 March 2018

Oslo's climate budget and procurement strategy tackle GHGs

GLCN Member Oslo's 2018 'climate budget' has identified procurement as a key focus area in a wide-ranging environmental strategy aimed at significantly reducing the city's GHG emissions by 2020. The budget, which foregrounds green mobility and active transport over car use, is complemented by a comprehensive procurement strategy. Both plans are now available to download in English.

Oslo's procurement strategy, launched in October 2017 forms a cross-cutting part of its overall environmental policy, addresses goods, services, buildings and construction in the city, which is Norway's second biggest procurer. The governing mayor of Oslo Johansen has presented the strategy at COP23 as a powerful tool to achieve emissions targets.

The strategy identifies the need to build expertise within the city on resource planning, needs analysis, purchasing and engendering a culture of coordination among the city's departments. The procurement strategy is to be followed by an overall implementation plan, to ensure anchoring and active implementation of the procurement strategy in municipal departments and other agencies.

To read the climate budget, click here and for the procurement strategy, click here. Alternatively, to read more information about Oslo procurment plans and targets through the GLCN network take a look at their Sustainable Procurement Profile.

7 March 2018

2018 Transformative Action Award invites applications from public procurers

The 2018 Transformative Action Award was recently launched during the Urban Future Conference in Vienna (Austria) by ICLEI Regional Director and Transformative Action Award jury member, Wolfgang Teubner.

The award, organised by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the Basque Country and the City of Aalborg (Denmark), rewards ongoing or concluded Transformative Actions that use the 15 pathways outlined in the Basque Declaration to achieve the socio-cultural, socio-economic and technological transformation of societies.

One of the 15 pathways cities, regions and civil society organisations can use to bring about technological transformation is public procurement. The Basque Declaration sees public procurement as an instrument to accelerate the market introduction of innovative and sustainable technologies, which enable decentralised local solutions to the challenges faced by cities and towns.

"The Transformative Action Award celebrates the ambition of cities and municipalities to create sustainable communities,” said Karl Heinz-Lambertz, President of the European Committee of the Regions. “It sends a clear message that local democracy and citizen engagement are the driving force for a sustainable future," he added.

His words were echoed by Cor Lamers, Chair of the ENVE Commission of the European Committee of the Regions and Transformative Action Award jury member, who said: “The Transformative Action Award gives Europe-wide recognition to cities that are leading the way in terms of sustainability. Actions that reduce our environmental impact are urgently needed and this initiative is an invaluable tool to make those actions happen.”

The competition is open to any local or regional authority, or civil society organisation located in an EU Member State, EEA country or EU candidate or accession country that has endorsed the Basque Declaration. The applicant must be behind the implementation of the Transformative Action and the Action must have been in place for at least three months, but no longer than five years, at the time of submission. All applications must be submitted in full, in clear English. The application deadline is 30 June 2018.

Thomas Kastrup Larsen, Mayor of Aalborg (Denmark) and jury member, shared what he hopes to see from the 2018 entrants: “I look forward to inspiring entries from across Europe, showing the creativity of our cities and regions to make their communities more sustainable and better places to live for all.”

Ms. Arantza Acha, fellow jury member and UNESCO Etxea Director, added: “The 2017 Transformative Action Award entrants provided concrete examples of how local, multi-stakeholder dialogue and action, as guided by the pathways of the Basque Declaration, can enhance urban sustainable development and social inclusion. This year I am looking forward to seeing more of such innovative and inspiring actions.”

The winner of the 2018 Transformative Action Award will join last year’s winner, Nilüfer (Turkey), as a recognised leader of sustainable urban transformation in Europe.

To endorse the Basque Declaration, and enter a Transformative Action to the competition, visit the Sustainable Cities Platform.


5 February 2018

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.

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.

29 January 2018

Socially Responsible Procurement Action Plan launched by Rotterdam

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.

To read Rotterdam's Socially Responsible Procurement Action Plan, click here and to read their Socially Responsible Procurement Manifesto, click here.

13 December 2017

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.

“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.

13 November 2017

Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Solly Msimanga's address to COP23 Africa Day delegation

The following speech was delivered by Cllr Solly Msimanga, Executive Mayor of GLCN Member City Tshwane (South Africa), to the Africa Day delegation at COP23, Bonn (Germany).

It is an honour to be on this podium addressing this distinguished audience on a subject close to my heart. I am an African from Africa and my continent is hurting. However, I am not standing here today seeking charity or sympathy but rather coming with a story of agency and hope. My message is simply that African Cities are willing and able to be part of the solution - that we need to be part of the conversation, more so we need to drive the conversation and if we are not doing this, the proposed solutions have little hope of achieving their intended outcomes.

African cities hold the key to sustainable development in the face of climate change.

With Africa’s economic growth, its cities are increasingly becoming hubs for both economic and socio-cultural development – with increased industrial production and urban population. Cities are increasingly consuming lots of energy and producing more waste that requires complex waste management systems.

At the same time, cities are at the forefront of experiencing a host of climate impacts, including coastal and inland flooding, heat waves, droughts, and wildfires. As a result, there is a widespread need for municipal agencies to understand and mitigate climate risks to urban infrastructure and services – and the communities they serve.

More often than not, Africa’s cities are building high carbon, unsafe infrastructure for the minority with cars, not the majority who need or want excellent mass transit and healthy and affordable options like cycling and walking. Lack of funding and capacity for climate change mitigation remain problematic. But despite these barriers, cities globally – including in Africa – are taking action as best they can.

Who best to lead the charge than African Capital Cities – the mere concept of being a capital city means one has a duty to lead by the example. It is this simple realization that led to the City of Tshwane establishing the African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum in 2015. As a forum, it is a time to meet, gain insight, exchange best practices, and make resolutions for the future – resolutions that will impact the future of every African citizen.

Uniting African mayors around sustainability

Since 2015, when it was first hosted by the City of Tshwane, the African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum has created exposure for participating African Capital Cities to deliberate on the concept of sustainability in an urban context and leadership context.

The inaugural forum was held on from 23 June 2015 at the CSIR International Convention Centre followed by a further two days of multi-lateral engagements and tours, as the City of Tshwane hosted 15 African capital cities. A key outcome of the launch was the signing of the Tshwane Declaration – a comprehensive programme of action for African capital cities committed to a sustainable capital development.

In 2016, the forum was convened from 31 May to 2 June; the main focus was on understanding the status and focus of sustainability programmes in 18 African capital cities. It revealed a diversity of initiatives, ranging from programmes to tackle HIV/AIDS to the installation of solar-powered lighting systems.

In 2017, the forum attracted delegations from 32 African capital cities, more than half of African Capital Cities and representative of the different regions. This year, the focus was on sustainability leadership, exploring political leadership as a key agent in promoting the role of decentralised government in addressing sustainability challenges in Africa, particularly around infrastructure, and how African capital cities are leading the way.

Mayors and mayoral representatives from visiting cities shared their unique situations as well as recent histories, ranging from stable and internationally connected cities such as Rabat to Monrovia and Juba, the world’s newest capital city. What emerged most starkly, however, was not how different their challenges were but rather how similar. In many cases speakers presented on current and recent sustainability related projects, which, while they differed greatly in terms of scale, sophistication, and objective, all carried the same message: placed at the centre of a changing world, African cities urgently need to share and learn from each other.

A key outcome was the unanimous expression that from an international, African and South African perspective, the African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum has merit, locus and purpose. This purpose is to advance the sustainable development of African cities by capital cities assuming a leadership position in this regard. Practically, this will happen through the roll-out of multiple related projects in capital cities, and through the ongoing sharing of lessons and best practice across this network, and to record and revisit these actions annually through the Forum, which will be staged in different cities across the network into the future.

The time to act is now

The next four years are crucial in determining if the worst effects of climate change can be avoided. Yet, even if every nation on earth stopped generating greenhouse gas emissions today, our cities and citizens would still feel the impacts of climate change for decades to come. With the health and wellbeing of our people and economies at stake, the risks of inaction are too great to ignore.

Cities and their mayors have greater flexibility than their parent nations. They can facilitate the transfer and application of best practice in ways that nations cannot, by engaging with other cities, obtaining finance and entering into a wide range of partnerships.

This is why African mayors of capital cities are determined to create resilient cities, prepared for whatever the future climate will be – and the path they take is being determined at the African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum.

The fourth iteration of the forum is being held in June 2018 and the City of Tshwane will continue to host the forum on an annual basis whilst it serves a purpose. This is that Mayors of significant political centres can ensure that climate change and sustainable urban development become and remain central concerns so that Africans can control their continent’s destiny and development solutions that make sense in an African context. As long as the forum is empowering its Mayors to be meaningful role-players in local, domestic and international climate response spaces, the City of Tshwane will continue to embrace its role as the host of the African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum – a platform that acknowledges diversity but has unity in purpose.

This article was originally published by ICLEI on 13 November 2018.

12 November 2017

Budapest launches ambitious new procurement targets

Budapest has announced a series of new procurement targets, which demonstrate the ambition of the city. The targets declare the intention of realising innovative and sustainable procurements while aiming for high quality and effectiveness, but minimizing the environmental footprint of purchases. A target for 100% sustainable procurement processes means that every procurement shall contain or shall be driven by at least one issue, item, or contractual obligation under the umbrella of sustainability.

The full set of targets is as follows:
• 100% of the procurement processes will integrate sustainability and green aspects by 2020
• At least 30% of the evaluation criteria in the procurement processes will be determined upon sustainable principles by 2020
• 70% of the newly purchased public transportation vehicles in Budapest will be clean by 2020
• 1100 electric vehicle chargers will be implemented in the city by the end of 2018
• 21% reduction of CO2-emission and increased energy savings by 2020
• At least one procurement training programme per year will be accomplished for employees by 2020

Budapest has linked its training programme commitment to the innovation procurement training that has taken place during the CEPPI project. The targets are part of the Budapest Environmental Program (2017-2021), which was accepted by the General Assembly on the 30th of August 2017.

11 November 2017

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 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.

3 November 2017

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 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.

18 October 2017

Procura+ Awards 2017 winners announced

Projects involving recycled textiles, eco-labelled school buildings and remanufactured furniture emerged as Europe's most sustainable and innovative public procurements at the 2017 Procura+ Awards held on 17 October in Tallinn (Estonia) as part of the eafip Conference on Innovation Procurement. The conference is held in the context of Estonia's Presidency of the EU. The winning public procurers were:

Municipality of Hyvinkää, Finland
Sustainable Procurement of the Year was awarded to the first Nordic Swan eco-labelled pre-school in Finland, which was constructed after a market dialogue process and included sustainability measures on energy use, chemical products, building products and health factors.

Ministry of Defence of the Netherlands
Innovation Procurement of the Year was awarded for two contracts supplying towels, cloths and overalls to Dutch military personnel. This produced estimated savings of 233 million litres of water and 69,000 kg of CO2, based on a technical requirement of textiles containing at least 10% recycled post-consumer textile fibres.

Public Health Wales (National Health Service, UK)
Tender Procedure of the Year was awarded for the use of a supplier open day and contracting social enterprises, Public Health Wales was supplied with over 2,500 furniture items of which only 6% were new purchases. This diverted 41 tonnes of waste from landfill with a CO2 saving of 134 tonnes, creating full time jobs for seven disabled and long term unemployed people.

For more information about the finalists and winners, visit the Procura+ website.

29 June 2017

Deadline extended for 2017 Procura+ Awards

ICLEI has extended the deadline for applications to the 2017 Procura+ Awards until 18 July 2017 for the Sustainable Procurement, Innovation Procurement and Tender Procedure of the Year categories. The competition rewards sustainable and innovative public procurements leading to significant improvements of public good, services, process and infrastructure.

The 2016 edition of the Procura+ Awards saw the City of Copenhagen (Denmark), Transport for London (UK) and Rijkswaterstaat (Netherlands) win awards for Sustainable Procurement of the Year, Innovation Procurement of the Year and Tender Procedure of the Year, respectively.

The 2017 Procura+ Awards ceremony will be held at the Third Major eafip Event on Innovation Procurement in Tallinn, Estonia on 17 October. Winners will be featured in a variety of ICLEI publications and web platforms, and at the next EcoProcura conference.

For more information and to download an application form, visit the Procura+ website

16 June 2017

ICLEI Europe hosts Korean GPP delegation

ICLEI's European Secretariat hosted a delegation of Korean public sector and development organisations on 14 June to explore Green Public Procurement in policy and practice in European cities and regions. The delegation, organised by the Korean Environmental Industry and Technology Institute (KEITI), included representatives from Korean ministries, research institutes, city development corporations and several national agencies for tourism and shipping.

The visit focused on various aspects of sustainable public procurement, including GPP target setting, implementation strategies, monitoring mechanisms and the scope and definition of green product and service categories addressed by European GPP criteria. Mark Hidson, Global Director of ICLEI's Sustainable Procurement Centre, presented ICLEI's background in sustainable and innovation procurement and exemplified current GPP projects, platforms and initiatives on the European and global levels involving cities and local governments.

ICLEI and KEITI are partners in the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement, involving 14 cities acting as ambassadors for sustainable procurement to lead to a resource efficient, low carbon and socially responsible society. They also cooperate with UNEP on the 10 Year Framework Programme for Sustainable Consumption and Production.

For more information, visit the ICLEI Sustainable Economy and Procurement and KEITI websites.

9 May 2017

The City of Buenos Aires issues its Sustainable Procurement Profile

The Government of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires has been working on the inclusion of sustainability criteria in public procurement processes since 2012. Amongst their achievements, having trained in sustainable procurement more than 400 purchasers within the Goods and Services Purchasing and Procurement System, having developed three SPP Recommendations Guides, and leading SPP processes both in Argentina and in the region.

Buenos Aires is already purchasing different products introducing sustainable criteria. When buying materials and electronic devices, the City aims at reducing energy consumption and to encourage the use of renewable energies. Requirements such as durability and waste management are considered when acquiring computer equipment. Buenos Aires adopted an electronic government management model in order to reduce the amount of paper used. For the printing paper that needs to be purchased, it is required that it derives from sugar cane making process or that it has specific certificates.

The City sets up new challenges for the future with the goal of stimulating the demand for more sustainable goods, services and businesses, by performing a role in the validation of suppliers that increasingly taking sustainable criteria into account.

To read the Sustainable Procurement Profile, visit here

10 April 2017

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 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.

24 March 2017

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 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.

16 January 2017

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 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.

13 January 2017

Free innovation procurement assistance offered to European procurers

The eafip initiative is offering 12 public procurers from EU Member States interested in improving their innovation procurement activities (both pre-commercial procurement and public procurement of innovation) the chance to gain targeted assistance. Selected procurers will be guided through the start-up and implementation of an innovation procurement process, including legal assistance.

Procurers will be selected on the basis of four criteria: concrete interest and commitment to starting a PCP or PPI project, the potential impact of the procurement, geographical balance of the cases across EU Member States, and level of experience in the implementation of innovation procurement projects. To take part, applicants must complete an online questionnaire.

The deadline for applications is 14 February 2017. The EU-funded eafip initiative aims to promote innovation procurement and provide assistance to public procurers to help them carry out the procurement of innovative ICT based solutions. The project runs from 2015 - 2017.

For more information and to apply, visit the eafip website.

16 November 2016

Procura+ Manual Launched

The 3rd Edition of the Procura+ Manual was launched at the Procura+ Seminar in Rome on 13 and 14 October 2016. This fully updated and revised edition of the Procura+ Manual aims to position sustainable procurement in the current economic, political and legal framework. As with previous editions, it acts as a central point of reference for public authorities and others wishing to understand and implement sustainable procurement.

The manual includes practical advice on how to integrate sustainability into procurement and a model for systematically implementing sustainable procurement – the Procura+ Management Cycle. The manual also explores the possibilities for sustainable and innovation procurement set out within the 2014 Directives, together with how they can be applied in practice.

Key guidance is provided on sustainable procurement approaches for six high-priority product groups – construction, IT equipment, cleaning products, food, vehicles and electricity. Links and references throughout the text showcase good practice examples from around Europe, including many from participants of the Procura+ Network, more detailed information on the product groups covered and a variety of further implementation tools.

The Procura+ Manual is published by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and produced as part of the SPP Regions project.

For more information, download the Procura+ Manual.

2 September 2016

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, 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.

8 August 2016

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 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)

29 July 2016

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

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

27 July 2016

Rotterdam joins sustainable tropical timber initiative

The European Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition (STTC) saw its membership increase during its recent conference in Rotterdam (The Netherlands), with the host city, one of the GLCN on SP cities, ending the conference by joining. ‘We aim to be the world’s most sustainable port city and we see joining the STTC as integral to that,’ said Leon Dijk, Sustainable Procurement specialist with Rotterdam City Council. Almost 100 people from across the STTC membership took part in the conference. European Timber Trade Federation Secretary General Andre de Boer told participants that there are early signs that efforts to strengthen the sustainable tropical timber market are paying off, but warned that more needs to be done to make the concept mainstream. He finished by urging companies and organisations to join the STTC.

The STTC recently launched a €2 million funding campaign to help local authorities and businesses to implement sustainable timber procurement policies. The Netherlands has been particularly active in promoting sustainable tropical timber, backing the STTC and implementing a procurement system that has seen a rise in sustainable timber market share from 13.4 percent to 74 percent. The so-called ‘Green Deal’ between the public and private sectors aims to boost sustainable timber’s market share further.

In addition to plenary sessions, the conference featured lively workshops that looked at designing sustainable procurement policies and financial instruments for driving sustainable timber markets. By stimulating demand for sustainable tropical timber, European authorities can prevent deforestation and provide a livelihood for millions of people in developing countries.

For more information on joining the STTC, contact mark.vanbenthem@probos.nl.

15 July 2016

Montreal joins the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement

The city of Montreal, Canada, has signed the commitment to join the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement, a group of 13 cities engaged to drive a transition to sustainable consumption and production by implementing sustainable and innovation procurement.

Montréal has already in place a Community Sustainable Development Plan, with the objectives of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving air quality, keeping families in the city, consuming less water, improving the quality of runoff water, recovering the waste, making the city a leader in green economy, increasing the number of environmental certifications, improving its green infrastructures and showing solidarity, demonstrating equity and handling succession planning.

Furthermore, the STM (Société de Transport de Montréal) released its sustainable procurement tools to the public domain. The public corporation aims to have 90% of its contracts include sustainable development criteria by 2020. In 2014, the STM consolidated its sustainable procurement approach by publishing guidelines and two handbooks to facilitate the application.

Visit here to learn more about the Community Sustainable Development Plan of Montreal.

7 June 2016

Denver and Rotterdam meet to discuss sustainable procurement strategies

Representatives of the cities of Denver, United States, and Rotterdam, The Netherlands, have met to discuss how the two city governments implement their sustainable procurement activities. Both cities are part of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement, pushing to drive a transition to sustainable consumption and production by purchasing sustainably.

Denver is rewriting its executive order regarding procurement this year, and the City is looking into other cities’ policies and plans to exchange ideas and shape its procurement actions. As Denver and Rotterdam have similar populations, Jerry Tinianow, Chief Sustainability Officer of the City of Denver, and Léon Dijk, Coordinator of Sustainable Public Procurement of the City of Rotterdam, have shared experiences to compare how both cities organise their procurement and introduce sustainable criteria. Tinianow and Dijk also looked at strategies for assessment of needs, an approach that encourages procurement practitioners to first consider if the most sustainable solution might be to buy nothing at all.

One of the main differences identified between both cities is that Rotterdam has a larger procurement budget due to the fact that the European city includes procurement for the schools, whereas in Denver, as in most other cities in the US, the school system is not under the control of the municipal government.

Denver and Rotterdam have just finalised their Sustainable Procurement Profiles, including information about their policies, strategies, achievements and challenges. These documents are aimed at showcasing how the GLCN on SP cities are championing sustainable procurement.

For more information visit here

30 May 2016

'Small actions = Big changes', article by Mayor Park

Park Won Soon, Mayor of Seoul and chair of the GLCN on SP, has published an article in the UNEP publication, Our Planet, outlining the transformative actions the city is taking to address climate change and improve air quality.

Mayor Park highlights the need to “move away from standardized urbanization and planning that aims for modernization and industrialization through destruction and construction” and calls for a new urbanization that is sustainable and has the foundation for energy self-reliance. “Seoul,” he states, “is on the road to such a new organization”.

Some of the measures taken so far are explained in the article, such as the increase of the supply of electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and the expansion of the charging infrastructure. Seoul has also implemented low-pollution vehicle projects, such as installing emission-reduction devices on outdated diesel vehicles.

Mayor Park concludes the article by emphasizing the relevance of cities acting together to reach beyond the national borders.

To read the full article, visit here.

23 May 2016

Ghent honoured for its sustainable procurement policies

The Association of Flemish Cities and Municipalities (VVSG), supported by the Flemish Government, awarded this January prizes to cities that consciously implement a sustainable procurement policy.

Ghent, participant of the GLCN on SP network was honoured for a painting contract. Ghent installed a small contest to decide on the right framework contract for the sustainable painting the city plans to carry out. On the one hand, this contest ensured less administrative expenses and, on the other hand, it guaranteed the use of low-impact products through the inclusion of particular environmental criteria in the technical specifications.

The city of Roeselare was declared “Laureaat Duurzame Overheidsopdracht” (Laureate Sustainable Public Contract) by the VVSG thanks to their long-term commitment to a sustainable fleet management through some thirty tenders. Roeselare also received the durable award in the form of a pack of cradle to cradle products that have been specifically designed to be safe and reusable from start to finish.

Three other cities were honoured for their sustainable framework contracts: Courtrai, for the periodical testing of their ecological fire extinguishing equipment; Antwerp, for the procurement of eco-friendly paper hygiene products, and Sint-Niklaas, for their use of low-impact materials to make toys for the St Nicholas celebrations.

To learn more, visit here

10 March 2016

Budapest and the City of Tshwane join the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement

The Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement has welcomed two new participants: Budapest (Hungary) and the City of Tshwane (South Africa). By signing the GLCN on SP Commitments’ Document, both cities have expressed their will to take an exemplary role globally in the implementation of sustainable public procurement, to act as global and regional champions of SPP, and to collaborate with other cities in the Network to exchange experiences and knowledge.

Budapest, the capital and the largest city of Hungary, has shown a deep interest in procuring sustainably and is already implementing strategies to improve energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. The City of Tshwane, the administrative capital of South Africa, with a population of around 2,9 million people, is using green procurement as an innovative way of financing green economy projects.

By joining the GLCN on SP, Budapest and the City of Tshwane commit themselves to set specific, clear and measurable targets on sustainable procurement. The other ten cities in the Network – Seoul (Republic of Korea)- Chair of the Network –, Auckland (New Zealand), Cape Town (South Africa), Denver (United States), Ghent (Belgium). Helsinki (Finland), Oslo (Norway), Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Quezon City (Philippines) and Warsaw (Poland) are currently working on establishing their targets as well.

10 February 2016

The City of Cape Town to procure electric buses

The City of Cape Town will issue a tender for the procurement of electric buses for the MyCiTi service, in line with their commitment to lowering carbon emissions.

Since the inception of MyCiTi service in May 2010, approximately 38.5 million passenger journeys have been recorded on it to date.

“As we extend the footprint of the MyCiTi service across the city, we also have a responsibility to lower our carbon emissions and the impact of pollution on the urban environment,” says Mayor Patrice De Lille. “Cities across the world will soon reach a point where alternative fuel for public transport is no longer a choice but a prerequisite, and as such the City of Cape Town has decided to expand our current fleet of diesel buses with electric ones.”

A tender for the procurement of a fleet of 12-metre electric buses is due to be advertised by the beginning of February 2016. The City is also considering electric double-decker buses for longer distance trips as they have more seating. The tender specifies that the electric buses should be able to travel at least 250 km in traffic before the batteries need recharging. Apart from the buses, the successful bidder must also provide the City with the charging stations for the buses and the necessary training for the bus drivers and mechanical engineers.

“If all goes according to plan, Transport for Cape Town will be the first municipality in the country to benefit from the latest alternative fuel technology and we will be the first city in Africa to use electric buses for public transport,” states Mayor De Lille.

7 December 2015

"Procuring sustainably, leading globally" - 1st Annual Summit

Participants in the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement (GLCN on SP) came together on Saturday 5 December at the COP21 to celebrate their first annual Summit in the Cities & Regions Pavilion – TAP2015. Auckland, Cape Town, Denver, Ghent, Helsinki, Oslo, Quezon City, Rotterdam, Seoul and Warsaw are all participants of this Network, which is a joint initiative of Seoul Metropolitan Government and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.

Park Won Soon, Mayor of Seoul Metropolitan Government, was elected chair of the GLCN on SP during the session. “Today is the starting point for more cities around the world to make similar pledges. Let us strive to establish and spread green consumption and production systems around the world,” Mayor Park said.

On the occasion of their first Summit, the ten cities presented their sustainable procurement activities 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.

Jin Sun Park, Director, Climate Change and Sustainable Division of the Seoul Metropolitan Government referred to the mandatory sustainable procurement policy the city has in place and how they use their own purchasing power to create a green consumption culture. Pekka Sauri, Deputy Mayor of Helsinki, confirmed that the capital of Finland will achieve 100% sustainable public procurement by 2020. Pex Langenberg, Deputy Mayor of Rotterdam, announced the city’s commitment to 100% sustainable procurement from 2015 onwards.

Len Brown, Mayor of Auckland, explained that over 40,000 streetlights are being replaced by LEDs, saving NZ$36 million over 20 years. Johannes van der Merwe, Councillor of the City of Cape Town, mentioned several initiatives already underway, such as the introduction of sustainable criteria in city fleet vehicles tenders. Leszek Drogosz, Director of Infrastructure of the City of Warsaw, explained that Warsaw is also focusing on sustainable procurement of transport, with 300 trams purchased in the last two years and plans for 100 electric buses in the next four years. Lan Marie Nguyen Berg, Vice Mayor for Environment and Transport of the City of Oslo, emphasized “SPP is an essential tool to reach Oslo’s goal of fossil free by 2030.”

“UNEP is delighted to have the GLCN on SP working on sustainable procurement. We are excited to see the lead action we are all looking for,” said Ligia Noronha, Director, Division of Technology Industry and Economics, UNEP.

Before the end of 2016, all ten cities will share their commitments within the GLCN on SP, to continue championing sustainable public procurement and public procurement of innovation to make their societies resource efficient, low carbon and socially responsible.

24 November 2015

1st Summit to take place at the COP21

Participants of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement will come together in Paris in December to celebrate their first Summit, at the COP21. The event will be held in ICLEI's Cities and Regions Pavilion – TAP 2015 in the afternoon of 5 December (from 16.00 until 17.15). During the summit, cities in the network will outline how they intend to fulfill their commitments and will exchange experience and knowledge.

Auckland (New Zealand), Denver (United States), Oslo (Norway), Quezon City (Philippines) and Warsaw (Poland) are the latest participants to join the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement, a joint initiative of Seoul Metropolitan Government and ICLEI to promote sustainable public procurement (SPP) and related environmental, societal and financial benefits. Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute (KEITI) has welcomed the initiative and is looking forward to its integration in the 10YFP on SPP Programme. The Network was launched in April 2015 with Seoul (Republic of Korea), Cape Town (South Africa), Helsinki (Finland), Ghent (Belgium) and Rotterdam (The Netherlands) as founding participants.

“These global SPP ambassadors are joining efforts to raise awareness on the benefits of sustainable public procurement and public procurement of innovation, as well as combating climate change with their activities,” states Gino Van Begin, ICLEI Secretary General. “Network members show their commitment to improve the quality of life for their citizens, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, foster new markets, create new job opportunities and save money for their administrations.”

Cities and Regions Pavilion – TAP 2015

The Cities and Regions Pavilion – TAP 2015 is located in the Climate Generations Area, at the COP21 Paris – Le Bourget. The Pavilion signals an important constant: local and regional actors hold tremendous potential to act quickly and concretely whether or not the world achieves an international agreement.

To check the program, click here

2 September 2015

Five new cities join the Network

Auckland (New Zealand), Denver (United States), Oslo (Norway), Quezon (Philippines) and Warsaw (Poland) have joined the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement, to promote SPP and related environmental, societal and financial benefits. The Network was launched in April 2015 with Seoul (Republic of Korea), Cape Town (South Africa), Helsinki (Finland), Ghent (Belgium) and Rotterdam (The Netherlands) as founding participants.

The Global Lead City Network's goal is to lead a transition towards sustainable production and consumption. 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 sustainability criteria in their purchases, public authorities can use procurement as a mechanism for the transition to a resource efficient, low-carbon and socially responsible world.

Key pillars of the network are target setting, implementation and monitoring of measures. To this end the city participants will both set quantified commitments on SPP and report annually on their progress. This ability to quantify achievements will provide convincing evidence to others of the impact more sustainable procurement practices can have.

20 April 2015

Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement launched

Seoul Metropolitan Government and ICLEI have joined forces to establish a Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement. The aim is to create a worldwide network of leading cities that share and develop their capabilities to implement sustainable and innovation procurement, driving a transition to sustainable production and consumption. The network was launched at the ICLEI World Congress in Seoul (Republic of Korea) on 11 April 2015.

Seoul (Republic of Korea), Cape Town (South Africa), Helsinki (Finland), Ghent (Belgium) and Rotterdam (The Netherlands) are the founding participants. They commit to take an exemplary role globally by putting SPP into action through setting ambitious, quantified targets for its implementation, developing a clear implementation strategy and undertaking an evaluation of performance. The cities will act as global and regional champions of SPP, committing to promote and accelerate its wide-scale adoption by other cities.

Recent examples of such leadership include pledges by ICLEI member Helsinki (Finland) to achieve 100 percent sustainable public procurement by 2020 and a public call for action launched by the French capital Paris in the run-up to the COP21 summit. Cities are uniquely placed to develop and showcase practical solutions, which can then be replicated and adapted to other urban environments.

The network marks a recent growth in international interest and understanding of the importance of procurement in the fight against climate change. It has been set up to raise awareness of the benefits of sustainable and innovation procurement, and to help develop a supportive political framework.



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

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


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