Helsinki is the capital and largest city in Finland, lying in the southern part of the country by the Baltic Sea. Deputy Mayor Pekka Sauri has been re-elected twice as Chair of Procura+ and continues in this role for the period 2015 – 2018.
Environmental policy 2020: Procurement
50% of the city’s procurement processes will include environmental criteria by 2015.
100% of the city’s procurement processes will include environmental criteria by 2020.
Environmental criteria can be either absolute requirements or selection criteria.
All city departments and subsidiaries will be trained to make sustainable procurements.
The city’s environmental policy was approved by Helsinki City Council in September 2012. Helsinki views public procurement as a means to upgrade the synergy between the environment and economy. The goal of environmental policy is that, by 2020, all purchases made by the City would contain environment criteria.
Tendering processes are seen to consider environmental aspects if they are included in the mandatory requirements or in the comparison criteria for the tenders. Criteria can include, for example, energy efficiency, eco-label criteria, material efficiency, waste sorting and reduction of waste, life cycle costs, environmental system or similar, chemical safety, genetically unmodified ingredients, organic products, low-emissions, versatility, recyclability, noise level and special competence in energy and life cycle planning or accounting.
The environmental network of procurement established in 2013 has reinforced the cooperation and information exchange between the parties in charge of the city’s procurements. The group has worked on, among other matters, definitions of the use of environmental criteria in Helsinki’s public procurements and the monitoring of procurements. In 2014, the cooperation in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area was launched in order to promote sustainable procurements.
Partnerships with the business community are seen as an overall theme without which the goals of environmental policy cannot be reached. Helsinki is part of the Nordic Green Growth City Network working group on Creating a green market through public procurement, alongside the cities of Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Espoo and Vantaa . The objective is to get a common view on the state of the art on market dialogue as a way to create a greener market. The long term aim of the group is to define core elements of a systematic and efficient approach to market dialogue in order to achieve SPP. Best practices and recommendations for other cities will be produced, and a series of workshops will build capacity in the cities.
In 2015, a Helsinki city guide for sustainable procurement was compiled, utilising the results of consultant work and presenting concrete instruction and examples on how environmental criteria can be utilised in various procurements. Helsinki has also participated in the Cleantech Procurement project coordinated by SYKE , which reviews, among others, the opportunities of cleantech procurements of Iso-Roobertin-katu (street) renovations.
Helsinki achieved 53% SPP in 2015, exceeding the target of 50% as set out in the Environmental Policy 2020.
Greenhouse gas emissions decreased by 4% in 2011 compared to the previous year and were 15 percent lower than 1990 levels. The main contribution to this decrease comes from replacement of coal with natural gas in the city’s energy production. Per-capita energy consumption also decreased 6% between 2005 and 2011. Helsinki estimates that energy consumption could be cut by up to 10% with increasingly energy-efficient operations.
A framework contract for purchase and renewal of IT equipment used market engagement to achieve energy savings of 27% and cost savings of €72,000 over the lifetime of the products. Read the full story here.