BUDAPEST

OVERVIEW

SPP IN Budapest

Budapest is the capital and the largest city of Hungary. It is the country’s principal political, cultural, commercial, industrial, and transportation centre. Budapest does not have a specific sustainable procurement strategy; however, the leaders of the city are always keen to protect the environment. A new procurement system was implemented at the beginning of 2016, which includes an SPP appendix  for  the  General Rules of Procurement


SPP HIGHLIGHTS

    • A new Central Sewage Farm was established in 2010 and a project called Complex Integrated Sewage Disposal was launched in 2013 in order to reduce the amount and eventually eliminate wastewater getting discharged into River Danube.
    • In 2014 a public bicycle-sharing system called BuBi was inaugurated to help reduce the CO2 emissions.
    • The Metropolitan Public Domain Maintenance Company introduced a new curbside waste collection system, in which households were supplied with the necessary containers to be able to collect the waste separately.
    • Two new recycling and education centers were built to provide disposal space for hazardous garbage disposal and to establish institutions where kids can learn about the importance of sustainability.



      SPP TARGETS

      • 100% of the procurement processes integrate sustainability and green aspects (where applicable) by 2020
      • 70% of the newly purchased public transportation vehicles in Budapest will be clean by 2020
      • A 21% reduction of CO2-emission and increased energy savings by 2020
      • At least 30% of the evaluation criteria in the procurement processes determinded by sustainable principles by 2020
      • At least one training program per year for employees by 2020
      • By 2025 more than 900 new electric chargers installed in the city

        1.8M

        Population

        1,000

        Employees

        2018

        Date joined

        CONTACT

        Dóra Kókai

        Head of Project Management Unit

         

        WEBSITE

         

        More information? Email procurement@iclei.org  

        IN ACTION

        SPP POLICY AND STRATEGY

        The City of Budapest is currently developing a new joint procurement strategy that includes a strong focus on innovation procurement and green procurement. The strategy will enter in force in June 2019. The public utility companies also strive to include SPP aspects on their tenders. Most of them already conducted processes, which were aimed at promoting and taking account of the need for sustainable thinking.

        The Budapest Environmental Program (2017-2021) was accepted by the General Assembly on the 30th of August 2017. It declares the intention of realizing innovative and sustainable procurements while aiming high quality and effectiveness, but minimizing the environmental footprint of the purchases. The target for 100% sustainable procurement processes means that every procurement shall contain or shall be driven by at least one issue, item, contractual obligation under the umbrella of sustainability.


        PROCURING IN BUDAPEST

        The new Public Procurement Act states  that  the Contractor can engage independent experts, authorities and other  market  participants  in  prior consultations  for  the  preparation  of  the  procurement  process,  as  well  as  to  inform economic  operators  about  the  proposed  procurement  requirements. The contracting authority must take all necessary measures to create equal opportunities for the potential tendering organizations.


        SPP ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

        Budapest Municipality’s Procurement Department is divided into a new procurement company and the Procurement Unit of the Notary’s Office. The Municipality of Budapest owns several public utility companies and cultural institutions. The Budapest City Directorate Holding – established in 2014 – is in charge of supervising their individual policies on energy efficiency and CO2-emission reduction

         


        ePROCUREMENT

        The Council supports the new  Act  on Public Procurement.   In  addition, the city is eager to introduce electronic  techniques in its procedures and fosters innovative endeavours. The Mayor’s Office already has some e-systems in place in other departments.


        TRAINING

        The City of Budapest offers annual internal trainings for procurers from the City Hall and the public utitlity companies. The training goes into the practical and legal aspects of prublic procurement and is designed to raise awareness of SPP among procurers.


        ENCOURAGING SME'S

        The City of Budapest is very supportive of SMEs. Where possible, the city frame eligibility criteria in a way that SME's have similar opportunities to win tenders as big companies


        KEEPING TRACK OF SPP

        Since the beginning of 2016, Budapest keeps track track of their SPP progress wit the help of a newly introduced monitoring system. The recently established Procurement Company of Budapest is responsible for the monitoring of all city and utility companies’ procurements. It is also in charge of reviewing contracts, and supervising the legality and quality of processes. In those procurement processes, where the estimated contract values reach the thresholds specified by EU law, the Prime Minister’s Office is also responsible for supervision. In addition, the State Audit Office has some controlling functions, too

        SPP SECTORS

        SEWAGE

        Until 2013, Budapest’s sewer system was incomplete, resulting in nearly half of the city’s waste water being discharged into the River Danube. Therefore, in 2013, the city launched the project ‘Complex Integrated Sewage Disposal of Budapest’. 240km of new sewage pipes were laid in districts where there was only partial guttering, raising the share of households connected to the sewage system to 95%. The goal for the future is to connect 100% of household to the sewage system.

        PUBLIC UTILITIES

        The Metropolitan Public Domain Maintenance Company introduced a new curbside waste collection system in which households were supplied with the necssary containers to be able to collect their waste separately. In addition, two new recycling centres were built to provide more space for citizens to dispose of hazardous and electronic waste.

         

        PUBLIC TRANSPORT

        Air pollution is a major problem in Budapest and most of the city's vehicle fleet is not environmentally friendly. Therefore, for new procurements of vehicles, the city aims to procure hybrid and electric vehicles. It also plans to install over ine hundred electric charging station across the city.

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        KEY DOCUMENTS

        FURTHER INFORMATION

        For further information on the activities of Budapest email procurement@iclei.org 

        PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES

        GLOBAL LEAD CITY NETWORK ON SUSTAINABLE PROCUREMENT

        Website

        CIVITAS ECCENTRIC

        Budapest is an Observer City

        Website

        CEPPI

        Energy Efficiency through Innovation Procurement

        Website