Sustainable Local Economy and Procurement

A sustainable local economy improves human well being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and natural resource scarcity.

Our Programs

ICLEI promotes and supports the development of sustainable local economies which contribute to improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and natural resource scarcity. We believe sustainable procurement is a key tool for achieving more socially and environmentally sustainable communities by decoupling economic growth from resource consumption and environmental degradation. 


Global Sustainable Procurement Center
ICLEI has been working on the topic of sustainable public procurement since 1996. The Global Sustainable Procurement Centre coordinates our sustainable procurement activities. Through its projects and activities, it supports local governments with the implementation of sustainable procurement, spreading awareness of the concept, developing new approaches, and encouraging policy developments

EcoProcura Conference Series
The EcoProcura conference series is the only European-wide forum to promote exchange and dialogue amongst purchasers from all levels of governments, suppliers, policy-makers and multipliers on strategies and the latest practical solutions on SPP. The series is organised by the ICLEI European Secretariat in Freiburg and has recently been replicated in China. An international EcoProcura Conference Series is currently under development.


Our Tools and Services

ICLEI has developed a number of tools to help local governments embed sustainable procurement practices into their day to day activities. These provide an introduction to the topic, access to key resources and practical support for implementing and measuring the impact of sustainable public procurement.


Sustainable Procurement Resource Center
The Sustainable Procurement Resource Centre is a one-stop access point for procurers, policy makers, researchers and other stakeholders. The Sustainable Procurement Resource Centre contains key knowledge on how to effectively undertake sustainable procurement, saving local governments money and driving the market towards sustainable solutions. Get the latest news and events on sustainable procurement, take advantage of networking opportunities and tap into an extensive searchable database of good practice cases, calculators, guides and other tools to help develop and implement sustainable procurement.

Procurement of Innovation Platform
The Procurement of Innovation Platform is the first port of call for all things related to public procurement of innovation (PPI) and pre-commercial procurement (PCP). It contains the latest news on PPI and PCP developments and events, the European legal framework, policy support and more specifically, it will offer the latest updates on PPI and PCP related projects. The Platform aims to make public procurement of innovation a wide-spread reality.

Procurement Forum
The Procurement Forum is a dedicated space where procurement professionals from across the world can discuss ideas and get advice and input from their peers. The Forum is becoming a reference point of information and discussion for procurement professionals internationally, with more than 4,000 individuals currently signed up.

Training and Consultancy Services
ICLEI provides a wide variety of services to assist public authorities to in starting or further developing sustainable procurement. Services can be delivered in English, Spanish, German or Italian and are tailored to suit the specific needs of your organization – no matter what size or level of experience.


Our Networks

ICLEI believes that cities can be leaders in the shift to a low carbon economy. We bring local governments together at the international, regional and subregional level to share experiences, learn from each other and look for opportunities to cooperate in developing a more environmentally and socially responsible society.


Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement
The Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement is a group of 10 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. 

Procura+ European Sustainable Procurement Network
The Procura+ network is an initiative designed to help support public authorities in implementing sustainable procurement and celebrate their achievements. The network brings together active local governments working on sustainable and innovation procurement. We facilitate exchange between participants, offer direct support, and promote achievements internationally.

Sub-national Regional Networking
As well as international networking, we focus on building and strengthening regional networks within countries. Sub-national networks allow cities to meet and exchange more regularly on matters which are partilularly relevant to their local or national context. Current networks can be found around Copenhagen (Denmark), Metropolitan Region Rotterdam - The Hague (Netherlands), Turin (Italy), Bristol (UK), Barcelona (Spain), West France and Gabrovo (Bulgaria). 


Our Advocacy

ICLEI is a member of the European Commission’s GPP EU-27Advisory Group as well as being a Cofounder and Vice-Chair of the Internal Green Purchasing Network (IGPN). We helped develop the first European green purchasing criteria and the European Commission’s GPP toolkit. We aim to connect our members to decision makers at policy level and ensure that their experiences and expertise are reflected in policy development.


10YFP on SPP
ICLEI is actively supporting the worldwide uptake of socially responsible, environmentally friendly and economically sound purchasing via the United Nation's 10 Year Framework Program on Sustainable Public Procurement (10YFP SPP). The 10YFP on SPP Program is led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and co-led by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, and the Korea Environment Industry & Technology Institute (KEITI).


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