With our work at ICLEI, we aim to support public authorities in taking on sustainable, innovation and circular public procurement. Support material is available for every stage from beginner to advanced.

On this page you can find  a selection of tools and guidance for implementing various aspects  of sustainable procurement. This covers guidelines for circular, environmental and socially sustainable procurement, as well as tools to help you with more practical aspects of the tender process.

The page only contains a small snapshot of all the materials available.

To browse through all of our tools and guidance, head over to the Resource Centre.

Sustainable Procurement Resource Centre




The Procura+ Manual provides clear, easy-to-understand guidance for any European public authority on how to implement sustainable procurement.

The Procura+ Manual includes:

  • Practical advice on how to integrate sustainability into procurement;
  • A model for systematically implementing sustainable procurement – the Procura+ Management Cycle;
  • An exploration of the 2014 Procurement Directives, including how they can be applied in practice;
  • Key guidance for six high-priority product groups – construction, IT equipment, cleaning products, food, vehicles and electricity; and
  • Good practice examples from around Europe


Green Public Procurement (GPP)



The Buying Green! Handbook is the European Commission's main guidance document to help public authorities buy goods and services with a lower environmental impact.

The third edition of the Handbook includes:

  • Guidance on how environmental considerations can be included at each stage of the procurement process in the current EU legal framework (adopted in 2014)
  • Practical examples drawn from contracting authorities across EU Member States
  • Sector specific GPP approaches for buildings, food and catering services, road transport vehicles and energy-using products.




Guidance for public authorities on Public Procurement of Innovation

The Guide aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the legal and practical dimensions of PPI in language which is clear and accessible to all readers. It offers detailed information about the ‘why, what and how’ of PPI, including case studies from public authorities across Europe, explanations of procedures, definitions and answers to common questions.

 Learn more on the Innovation Procurement Platform.




Success stories in socially responsible public procurement

The report contains a series of success stories on how public authorities have put socially responsible procurement into practice and raise awareness about global supply chain issues in numerous product lines.





Public Procurement for a Circular Economy

This guidance sets out the policy framework, strategic thinking and planning recommended before embarking on a public procurement process, engaging the market and considering of the various steps of the procurement hierarchy.



How to engage the market - a step by step guide for dialogue events

There are many ways to create a dialogue with supply chain actors and potential bidders. For example, you can issue a request for information, publish annual procurement plans, use surveys or organise market engagement events. This guide is for public buyers that want to understand the HOW of market engagement events.