PROCURING SUSTAINABLY, LEADING GLOBALLY
  • By becoming a Lead City, Oslo wants to mobilize cities across the globe to use procurement as a strategic tool to accelerate the transition to more sustainable production and consumption.
    Governing Mayor of Oslo Raymond Johansen

OSLO - Norway

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Sustainable Procurement in Oslo

Oslo, the capital of Norway, is a hub of banking, shipping and trade in the country. It has a population of nearly 700,000 inhabitants. The vision for Oslo is a green, inclusive and smart city. In 2019, City of Oslo was awarded the title of European Green Capital.

As a member of the UN Global Compact, a voluntary initiative based on universal sustainability principles, the City of Oslo is committed to the Ten Principles concerning human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. The City of Oslo endeavours to enact and promote those principles in the city management and communicates publicly on the progress and the achievements. We communicate publicly about our efforts here.

Oslo aims at being a leader in using public procurement as a strategic tool to achieve sustainability and climate goals. The city’s Procurement Strategy from 2017 shows a reinforced commitment to sustainable procurement.
The Procurement Strategy has four sub-targets based on our vision for Oslo. The Oslo Municipality's procurements shall:
•    effectively contribute to providing citizens and businesses with solutions and services in line with current and future needs
•    make Oslo greener
•    make Oslo more socially inclusive and fair
•    make Oslo a smarter and more innovative city

Oslo’s Climate Strategy outlines the roadmap for how the green transformation should be implemented in order to achieve the city’s climate goals, while developing and upgrading an urban community. One remarkable milestone is the implementation of the Climate Budget. Oslo is the first city worldwide to adopt a Climate Budget following the Paris Agreement. Oslo`s Climate Budget is an integrated part of the Financial Budget. It includes several measures quantifying emission cuts needed by 2030.

In addition, Oslo’s Strategy for a sustainable and circular consumption describes how the City of Oslo will facilitate sustainable and reduced material consumption in order to follow up the ambition in the Procurement Strategy. Sustainable consumption takes into account both the environment, social aspects and economic sustainability. This means reducing the environmental impact of consumption, including materials, resources and energy use, and avoiding the use of vulnerable resources. Important focus areas are food, plastics, electronics, textiles and building and construction materials.

Transport

The number of people travelling by public transport, bicycle and on foot in Oslo is rising – at the expense of car traffic. Oslo has the world's highest proportion of electric cars and is called the “EV Capital of the World”. Local and national authorities have made buying and owning electric vehicles very attractive and have thus boosted the private market for zero emission vehicles. Today, 60% of all new passenger cars sold in Oslo are electric.


The City of Oslo promotes suppliers that use zero emission vehicles. Environmental criteria are used in procurements that involve an element of transportation. The criteria apply to vehicles delivering goods, as well as those used by service providers in carrying out those services. From 2025, zero emission and biogas will be stipulated as a minimum requirement in all tenders where transport is needed.


From 2016 to 2019, Oslo participated in the BuyZET project together with Copenhagen and Rotterdam. Co-ordinated by ICLEI, the project aimed to understand and optimize the impact of public procurement activities on transport patterns in cities – and to find innovative and sustainable delivery solutions for goods and services. BuyZET was of great importance for the development of guidance, methods and environmental requirements that now apply.
Oslo has also come a long way with regard to sustainable public transportation, with an increasing share of zero emission buses. In addition to zero emission technologies, biogas is an important energy source for buses and other heavy-duty vehicles such as waste trucks in the city. Biogas used in Oslo is produced locally in the region from food waste and sewage.

 

 

Capital of Norway
700k Inhabitants
480 km² Area
1,400/km² Density
3 billion € Annual Spend
Joined 2015
@Oslokommune

“Oslo municipality shall carry out appropriate and cost-efficient procurement processes - delivering good and socially responsible solutions both in the short and the long term.”

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Sustainable Procurement Profile 2016

 

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