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The GLCN on SP makes commitments public

17 February 2016

The 10 cities constituting the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement have made their commitments within the network public through their official website – www.glcn-on-sp.org. Seoul (Republic of Korea), Auckland (New Zealand), Cape Town (South Africa), Denver (USA), Ghent (Belgium), Helsinki (Finland), Oslo (Norway), Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Quezon City (Philippines), and Warsaw (Poland) have declared they will take an exemplary role globally in the implementation of sustainable procurement by setting quantified targets and defining a strategy to meet them. Cities are currently working on determining these ambitious individual targets and will announce them before the end of 2016.

The GLCN on SP cities have also committed to act as global and regional champions of sustainable procurement, so as to encourage other local governments to recognise the enormous opportunity to promote sustainability and innovation through procurement. Mayor of Seoul Park Won Soon, Chair of the GLCN on SP, affirmed that “we, the cities participating in the Network, try to protect the Earth through sustainable public procurement. Let us write history together that provides a sustainable future for both the humankind and the environment”.

Participating cities have also stated that they will cooperate with other cities in the network to push rapid and effective implementation on the ground. With the support of ICLEI, cities will exchange knowledge and good practices. During the 1st Summit of the GLCN on SP, held at COP21 in Paris (France), representatives from the network cities presented the SPP activities carried out by their governments. The presentations are available on the city pages.

For more information, visit the website.

GPP 2020 tutorial videos outline how to calculate energy and CO2 savings

4 February 2016

A series of videos have been produced to guide users through the GPP 2020 carbon and energy calculators, a collection of excel tools which help procurers and decision-makers to measure the energy and carbon emissions saved by opting for a low-carbon tender rather than a standard tender. By providing this information, procurers and decision-makers can make smarter procurement choices.

Calculators are available for four product groups: Energy Contracting, Office ICT, Street Lighting, and Vehicles Calculators. Each video shows the tool being used to calculate savings in real-time, with a clear voice over explaining the process. The tool works by calculating an estimated saving against a standard tender for each product, thereby providing a clear idea of the impact of including low-carbon criteria in the tender.

The tool’s methodology draws on existing calculation tools and takes into account the product or services’ environmental product declaration, using this information to calculate life-cycle costs. The country context is also taken into consideration. The EU-funded GPP 2020 project is working with public procurers to implement more than 100 low-carbon tenders, thereby achieving a significant reduction in CO₂ emissions.

For more information, visit the GPP 2020 website.