Barcelona is the capital of region of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain in both size and population (1.7 million people, almost 4 million if outlying areas are included). It has approved two formal acts for responsible procurement, and has developed the + Sustainable City Council Programme to integrate sustainable criteria into decision making processes.
Sustainable City Council Convention launched in 2010
Received the Diamond Purchase Award for SMART-SPP activities in July 2012
Enacted a Municipal Decree for Responsible Public Procurement in 2013
Procura+ Participant Barcelona City Council has evolved its Procurement ambitions since it first made a commitment to purchasing green office equipment in 2001 to its latest Policy in 2013.
2001 - Creation of the Green Office Programme, which supported the introduction of environmental criteria in regular office supplies purchases.
2006 - Green Office Programme evolved to become the + Sustainable City Council Programme. This was introduced to foster awareness of municipal services and to build environmental, social and ethical criteria into decision making processes.
2010 - The Sustainable City Council Convention was launched. The Convention was a participative process to not only evaluate past actions but also to define common future objectives and actions and how to achieve them.
2013 - Enactment of Municipal Decree for Responsible Public Procurement. Integrating green requirements is now compulsory for all contracting bodies tendering for 12 high priority procurement categories.
You can read more in this GPP News Alert article on Barcelona City Council.
Inclusion of at least one environmental or social criterion in around 37% of all technical and administrative tenders, including:
the purchase of work uniforms respecting the ILO conventions;
the acquisition of certified sustainable wood;
a minimum of 15% of electricity supplies from renewable energy or high-efficient cogeneration;
all school catering services include food from ecological agriculture;
all computers comply with at least the Energy Star standard.
Barcelona City Council has provided training sessions on the Barcelona sustainable wood procurement policy to employees of the public entity for urbanism, buildings and infrastructures and to private companies that are in charge of its works management.
Participation in the SMART-SPP project fostered innovation through procurement, resulting in a tendering process and dialogue with the market for the installation of charging points for electric vehicles in the city.
In order to achieve these goals, several instruments and activities have been developed. Examples include internal regulations, inclusion of social and environmental criteria in the city’s tender models and actual procurement processes, training sessions for municipal workers, and business meetings with suppliers and other collaborators. Further information can be found in the +Sustainable City Council website.