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Auckland replaces 12,500 lights with LEDs

27 January 2017

By the end of 2016, the City of Auckland (New Zealand) had replaced 12,500 streetlights with LEDs, achieving a saving of 72 percent on energy consumption. The decision was part of Auckland’s LED replacement programme, which committed the city to replace over 44,000 high pressure sodium streetlights with LEDs by 2018. The city’s decision is being hailed as a particularly good example of sustainable procurement.

Other sectors in which the city is purchasing sustainably includes waste, energy, and buildings. The city also intends to trial e-buses, increase the number of hybrid vehicles in the city fleet, and add additional electric vehicle charging points.

Auckland, who joined the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement (GLCN on SP) in 2015, has been pursuing sustainable procurement for several years. Its achievements include carrying out an ISO 14001 training with city suppliers, and retrofitting municipal buildings, resulting in 82 percent waste to landfill diversion.

For more information, download Auckland’s SP Profile.

SPP Regions project encourages regional networks to join

25 January 2017

New and established regional procurement networks looking to gain access to useful resources and networking opportunities are invited to join the EU-funded SPP Regions project. By joining the project, procurers will be put in touch with other networks from across Europe, allowing them to learn from others’ experience of implementing sustainable and innovative procurement and to share their own.

All regional networks that include municipalities working together on sustainable public procurement (SPP) and public procurement of innovation (PPI) are encouraged to join. New members will be alongside the seven European regional networks that are already working closely with the project. SPP Regions offers support with developing networks, assistance with sustainable tendering, access to specialist workshops and webinars and mentoring from existing SPP Regions Networks.

Regional networks are extremely helpful in developing a successful sustainable procurement strategy, as they allow public authorities to learn from others’ good practice. They also enable procurers to develop a regional supply base, increase influence through joint market engagement and benefit from economies of scale through joint procurement.

For more information, visit If you are interested in joining SPP Regions as a regional network, contact:

URBACT issues call for good practices in European cities

20 January 2017

Cities across Europe engaged in innovative activities in the field of sustainable urban development are invited to submit their experience as part of the URBACT Good Practice call. If selected, the good practice will be promoted at EU and international level, while the city will be awarded the title of URBACT Good Practice City.

URBACT is looking for good practices on a wide range of topics, from demographic change and climate and environmental targets, to unemployment and urban poverty. Gaining a Good Practice City label will allow cities to share their experience with others by becoming part of a "Transfer Network". A Good Practice Festival will be organised in September 2017 to showcase the selected practices and to give submitters a chance to network with other policy makers.

Interested stakeholders can submit their good practice by filling in an online application form, and mailing it to Supporting materials such as documents, infographics, videos, etc. are also welcome. The URBACT programme aims to foster sustainable integrated urban development in cities across Europe.

For more information, visit

Nordic countries look at driving forward green procurement

18 January 2017

An event in Copenhagen (Denmark) saw public procurers from across the Nordic countries gather to discuss green procurement and how they could drive a shift towards the circular economy. ICLEI Europe was represented at the conference by Mark Hidson, Global Director of ICLEI’s Sustainable Procurement Centre. The aim of the event was to enable Nordic procurers to learn from each other's experience.

"I believe that Nordic countries can become front runners in green public procurement," said Mr Hidson. "There's significant political support for this topic in the region, largely because politicians want this to gain ground, particularly in terms of the circular economy and circular procurement."

Mr Hidson spoke as part of a panel discussion at the event, along with Michael Damm from Aalborg (Denmark), Ask Møller-Nielsen from Grundfos and Cécile van Oppen from the Dutch consultancy company Copper8. As well as looking at how to use ecolabel criteria, best practice from cities across the region was presented at the conference, including examples from Oslo (Norway), Stockholm (Sweden) and Vantaa (Helsinki).

For more information, visit [in Danish].

Copenhagen reaps rewards of impressive procurement approach

13 January 2017

The Danish capital of Copenhagen was presented with the prestigious Procura+ Award in the category of "Sustainable procurement of the year" for its efforts to supply municipal organisations, such as schools, day-care centres and elderly homes, with organic and sustainable fruit and vegetables.

“The procurement of food products is a very successful and efficient way to impact the environment and consumption,” said Pia Allerslev, the city’s deputy mayor for children and youth issues, speaking to CPH Post.

“In Copenhagen Municipality we have discovered a way to sustainably procure for the city’s citizens without increasing costs, and our method has inspired other cities in Europe to follow suit. By sharing our experiences, we can reduce food waste, utilise our resources better and shorten the producer-to-consumer chain.” The Procura+ Awards were held as part of ICLEI Europe’s Procura+ Network, a network of public authorities at the forefront of sustainable and innovation procurement in Europe.

For more information, read the CPH Post article.

African Sustainability Week to explore the circular economy

12 January 2017

Policy makers, business and technical leaders, and others from across the continent of Africa will share knowledge and insights during the 2017 edition of African Sustainability Week. A particular focus will be placed on the shift towards the circular economy and the economic opportunities it brings. Hosted by the City of Tshwane (South Africa), Sustainability Week 2017 will be held at the CSIR International Convention Centre from 13 - 15 June 2017.

CCSF 2017 will focus on key aspects of sustainable urban development among the world’s fastest-growing cities. Poverty eradication and improving living conditions through best practice policies will be prominently touched on, exploring how green funding can be accessed for climate smart infrastructure development.

“Worldwide, it is increasingly recognised that sustainability is not only critical to economic survival, but that it also holds the key to economic prosperity,” said Gordon Brown, Director of alive2green. “Governments that succeed in creating platforms favourable to sustainable development will enable their citizens to thrive, ensuring stability and sustainable growth.”

For more information, click here.

UrbanWINS releases waste management surveys

10 January 2017

UrbanWINS, an EU-funded project aimed at developing and testing eco-innovative waste prevention and management strategies in eight pilot cities, is inviting stakeholders to take part in two questionnaires that seek to gain a better understanding of the state-of-the art of waste management and prevention actions in place in Austria, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Sweden, as well as the knowledge and possible interests of relevant actors. Local and regional governments, companies and civil society actors are encouraged to complete the surveys.

By taking part in Survey 01, participants are contributing to detect the most relevant local, regional and national innovative waste prevention and management strategies, including policies, regulations and plans (also available in Romanian and Spanish). Survey 02 aims to find out more about the role, interests and commitments of different stakeholders concerning consumption and production patterns, waste prevention, and participatory mechanisms. Through gathering this information, the project intends to involve these stakeholders in future UrbanWINS activities. (This survey is also available in German, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, and Swedish.)

Some of the expected outcomes of the project are to raise awareness on the limit of resources, to lower barriers for a circular economy by understanding waste as a resource, and to connect waste prevention and management with urban environmental resilience.

For more information, click here or visit the project Twitter account.