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.

ICLEI

Implemented in

  • Africa
  • Asia / Pacific
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Latin America / Caribbean
  • North America

Sustainability themes

Sector of activity
Public Procurement

Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation, Education & Awareness Raising, Policy Frameworks & Tools

Type of lead actor
Civil society

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John Watt

Sustainable Economy and Procurement Officer

ICLEI

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Objectives

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.

Activities

Cities participating in the Network are leading by example globally in sustainable procurement implementation. They have committed to:

Set ambitious, quantified targets on SPP
Report on 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.

Impact and Results

A snapshot of the cities procurement targets and expected results include:
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