10 cities announce sustainable procurement plans at Paris climate talks

10 cities that participate in a sustainable procurement network have been outlining how their policies encourage sustainable production and consumption, at the network’s first summit at the COP21 UN global climate change talks in Paris.

Auckland, Cape Town, Denver, Ghent, Helsinki, Oslo, Quezon City, Rotterdam, Seoul and Warsaw are members of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement (GLCNSP), a joint initiative of Seoul Metropolitan Government and ICLEI, a global association of over 1,000 local authorities focused on promoting global sustainability.

Both Seoul and Rotterdam already have mandatory sustainable procurement policies in place, and Helsinki is working towards achieving 100 per cent sustainable procurement by 2020. Oslo’s city authority aims to be completely fossil free by 2030.

Auckland is replacing more than 40,000 streetlights with LEDs, saving NZ$36 million (£15.9 million) over 20 years, and Cape Town’s city authority is introducing sustainability criteria in its tenders for city fleet vehicles. In addition, Warsaw is focusing on sustainable procurement of transport, with 300 trams purchased in the last two year and plans for 100 electric buses over the next four years.

The summit is the “starting point for more cities around the world to make similar pledges”, said Park Won Soon, mayor of Seoul Metropolitan Government, chair of the GLCNSP. “Let us strive to establish and spread green consumption and production systems around the world,” he added.

The 10 cities will share their full commitments to sustainable production and consumption within the GLCNSP before the end of 2016. Ligia Noronha, director of the division of technology, industry and economics at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), said the UNEP was delighted to have the GLCNSP working on sustainable procurement. “We are excited to see the lead action we are all looking for,” she added.

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