23 March 2018

Procurement strategies for sustainability in the spotlight at Procura+ seminar

The city of 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 throughambitious, coordinated strategies at the city and regional level,“ said Mayor Steen.

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.

The Procura+ Seminar, organised by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, 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.

For more information, visit the Procura+ website.