Procura+ Case Studies showcase replicable sustainable and innovation procurement approaches and strategies by our participants.

The case studies range from examples of procurement in action to procurement policies and programmes.


Supplying seasonal and diverse organic fruit and vegetables

The City of Copenhagen is dedicated to ensuring its food and catering service is healthy, sustainable and appetising. The City has a target to supply 90% organic food across its 900 municipal canteens. In 2014 the municipality ensured that bids for fruit and vegetable contracts would include a variety of different sorts, varieties and types. This was the Procura+ Award winning tender in 2016 for Sustainable Procurement of the Year.


Innovative lighting procurement for London’s Underground network

In 2015, Transport for London (TfL) sought to reduce the whole life-cycle cost of lighting the London Underground network. The procurement calculated external costs including installation, maintenance, energy use, carbon and cleaning costs. Indicative results suggest a 25% saving on whole life-cycle costs, and significant reductions in energy consumption. This was the Procura+ Award winning tender in 2016 for Innovation Procurement of the Year.


Sustainable Reconstruction of the Motorway A6

Rijkswaterstaat (RWS) procured works and services to widen the A6 motorway, aiming for the motorway to be energy neutral after construction. RWS developed instruments to calculate the CO2 emissions, then selected a tender using a combination of price and quality according to the economically most advantageous submission. This was the Procura+ Award winning tender in 2016 for Tender Procedure of the Year.


Improving the air in Catalonia through clean vehicle procurement

The Catalan Government has multi-pronged approach to encouraging SPP of vehicles, including: provision of Green Vehicle Procurement Guide, development of specific government agreements to encourage procurement of low emission vehicles, supporting the Catalan Ecolabel, and promoting sustainable mobility. Aligning policies across governmental levels sends clear signal to the market, which is able and ready to deliver more sustainable options.


Developing a monitoring system for GPP

The Metropolitan City of Rome Capital has been monitoring GPP since 2009, and in 2016, it introduced a new monitoring system linked to the public procurement electronic information system. This innovative, digital system makes it possible to require departments to attach relevant environmental criteria to procurement procedures.  


Creating guidance and templates for market engagement

In 2016 Cornwall Council launched a project which focused on improving knowledge of and confidence around using market engagement techniques throughout the commissioning and procurement cycle. As a result, procurers and suppliers alike have been supported to participate in engagement, and activities are better targeted and more proportionate to the potential value to be gained.  


+Sustainable City Council Programme

Barcelona City Council has been implementing SPP for almost two decades, and in 2006 it launched the +SCC programme which introduced firm purchasing commitments which are applicable to all council departments. Participatory processes have been central to the development of the +SCC Programme, and were used to develop strategic goals and define compulsory criteria for 12 high priority procurement categories.


Promoting responsible purchasing through policy

Nantes Metropolitan Area has been implementing Responsible Public Procurement (RPP) since 2001, and in 2017 it initiated the Responsible Purchasing Promotion Scheme (SPAR) to guide further action across a range of areas, including the Circular Economy, energy transition, environmental pollution and organic food. The result is a framework of feasible, measurable actions, which are monitored and adjusted as required.


Monitoring progress towards SPP in Flanders

The Government of Flanders has a target to achieve 100% sustainable public procurement by 2020. In order to track its progress towards this target, the Environment, Nature & Energy Department has developed a system for monitoring SPP, which it has integrated into existing accounting systems. Data can now be collected easily, in a format which generates useful, comparable results, and which can be used to guide future improvements.


Procurement of textiles from recycled fibres

In its procurement of towels and overalls, the Ministry of Defence of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (MODNL) followed a circular policy and explored requirements around recycled fibres. The winning bids creating estimated savings of 233,000,000 litres of water, 69,000 kg CO2 and 23 MJ of energy. This was the Procura+ Award winning tender in 2017 for Innovation Procurement of the Year.


Reuse and remanufacture of office furnishings

When Public Health Wales (PHW) moved offices in 2016, it wanted the successful bidder to use as much of its existing office equipment, furniture and flooring as possible, as well as supplying remanufactured goods from other sources. The winning consortium of social enterprises supplied over 2,500 items, with only 6% from new stock. The circular approach diverted 41 tonnes of waste from landfill with a CO2 saving of 134 tonnes.  This was the Procura+ Award winning tender in 2017 for Tender Procedure of the Year.


Sustainable textiles for the fire service

The Institute for Safety worked with 19 fire service regions in the Netherlands to engage suppliers and encourage sustainable solutions to their textile needs. By purchasing clothing made from organic cotton and polyester from recycled fibres , they saved 134 tonnes of CO2 and prevented 262 tonnes of toxic additives and pesticides in one year alone of a 6-8 year contract.  This was the Procura+ Award 2017 runner-up in the category Sustainable Procurement of the Year.


Encouraging sustainable choices through an office supply framework

The Government of Flanders set the target that at least 50% of products purchased under their latest framework agreement for office supplies should meet sustainability criteria. It used technical specifications and award criteria to encourage the inclusion of sustainable options in the inventory, and tasked suppliers with increasing the sustainable choices made over the duration of the contract.