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Reykjavik to be carbon neutral by 2040

30 September 2016

Procura+ Participant Reykjavík has put forward a climate policy paper and action plan that would see the city go carbon neutral by 2040. In Reykjavík all electricity is produced with hydroelectric power and houses are geothermally heated. Transport is the main source of greenhouse gas emissions and is the largest challenge for the city.

In the city’s Municipal Plan 2010-2030 the goal is to change travel modes so that the share of public transport will rise from 4 percent to 12 percent and the ratio of pedestrians and cyclists will rise from 19 percent to over 30 percent by 2030. Procurement will play a role, with plans for a process to be implemented that will support carbon-neutral purchasing.

“Cities play a key role in the fight against climate change. They can react quickly and have many possibilities of enacting change,” said Dagur B. Eggertsson, Mayor of Reykjavík. The Mayor added that the Icelandic capital is in a prime position to meet its highly ambitious target thanks to its abundant renewable energy sources.

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Copenhagen sustainable procurement strategy profiled

26 September 2016

The City of Copenhagen's strategy and approach to sustainable procurement has been profiled in the September edition of the GPP News Alert. Copenhagen has been a Procura+ Participant since 2015 and is the capital and the most populous city in Denmark. It is also one of Denmark’s largest employers, consisting of seven administrations employing over 40,000 people. Copenhagen’s goal is to become the world’s first carbon neutral capital city, and in 2012 it set up a Unit on Green Public Procurement (GPP) to work across administrative and strategic procurement units to actively seek to move the market in a climate friendly direction.

Since 2005, CO2 emissions in Copenhagen have fallen by 38%. This is mainly due to sustainability strategies regarding sustainable building renovation works, energy savings achieved in the private sector and the implementation of anti-waste strategies. Consideration is then given to how the City’s purchasing actions can help to achieve its strategic (thematic) goals, such as requiring that packaging originates from reused materials, procuring alternative fuel or zero emission vehicles (now at 53%), increasing the number of organic public sector meals - which are now at 88% - etc.

Read the full GPP News Alert case study here and view the Copenhagen Procura+ Profile here.

Procura+ Awards deadline extension

9 September 2016

There is still time to apply for the European Procura+ Awards, with the deadline extended to 7 October 2016. The Awards highlight sustainable and innovation procurements and tender procedures and give visibility to the most dynamic, forward-looking and innovative public authorities and their initiatives.

Winners will be invited to collect their trophies at an awards ceremony, taking place as part of Sustainable City Development 2016 in Malmö, Sweden. This event, which is bringing cities together to consider their role in ensuring the successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, will show the importance of sustainable procurement in achieving the ambition of the Paris Agreement.

As well as international recognition, award winners will receive free entry and a presentation at the next EcoProcura conference; a published case study on the SP Platform and PPI Platform; publicity in a variety of ICLEI publications; and one year’s free participation in the Procura+ Network. To apply for the Awards, interested parties should send a completed application form to by midnight on 7 October 2016.

For more information, visit the Procura+ Awards page