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.


Implemented in

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

Sector of activity
Public Procurement

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

Type of lead actor
Civil society

Shared by

John Watt

Sustainable Economy and Procurement Officer


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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.


As collected through the One Planet Reporting

Output level

Outreach and communication for SCP

  • 3rd High Level Event of the GLCN on SP at the COP 23
  • GLCN as platform for Oslo and Rotterdam to showcase procurement as tool for cities to initiate change towards sustainability.

Outcome level

SCP Commitments

  • Tshwane announced as new chair of GLCN on Sustainable Procurement
  • GLCN enables Auckland to showcase procurement leadership on zero emission public transport.
  • GLCN enables Helsinki to demonstrate leadership on leveraging procurement to cut public transport emissions.
  • GLCN supports Montréal in demonstrating leadership on public procurement of hybrid bus fleet.
  • GLCN enables the City of Oslo to demonstrate their leadership on leveraging public procurement to implement zero emission construction sites.
  • GLCN enables the City of Rotterdam to highlight leadership on setting targets for achieving a clean public fleet through procurement.
  • GLCN provides platform for City of Tshwane to share ambitions through the signed Clean Bus Declaration - committing the City to greening 40% of the fleet by 2020.
  • GLCN provides platform for the City of Oslo to share target for sustainable food procurement.
  • City of Pittsburgh joined Global Lead City Network

SCP changes in practice

  • GLCN enables Buenos Aires to showcase their regional leadership of leveraging public procurement to achieve their ambitious goal of changing to 100% LED street lights.
  • GLCN city Buenos Aires includes a gender perspective in public procurement processes.
  • GLCN city Denver implements procurement policy on Green Building Requirements
  • GLCN supports City of Ghent to profile Food Procurement Policy Results
  • GLCN supports City of Rotterdam to reach ambition of procuring 100% local renewables

Policy instrument for SCP


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