Oslo, Norway's capital, is also its economical and governmental centre. The population (1,442,318 as of 2010 in the metropolitan area) currently increases at record rates, making it the fastest growing city in Europe. Oslo has established a “zero emission technology” policy for all vehicles used by the city by 2015, as well as establishing a smart approach to monitoring ethical standards in supply chains.
Oslo has established a “zero emission technology” policy for all vehicles used by the city by 2015, and established an initiative to facilitate contract manage monitoring of ethical standards in supply chains. As a participant in the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement, Oslo has committed to leading by example globally on SPP.
Oslo is part of the Nordic Green Growth City Network working group on Creating a green market through public procurement, alongside the cities of Helsinki, 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.
68 government entities have joined Oslo’s initiative to facilitate contract monitoring of ethical standards in their supply chains. This accomplishment sends a clear signal to the supplier market that public entities are conscious of and committed to their ethical and social responsibilities. Oslo established this project in partnership with the Norwegian Agency for Public Management and eGovernment (Difi).
An important aspect of this project is to share the reports from the various audits on the Procurement Portal (Anskaffelsesportalen) on the Municipality’s website. A common framework where participants share their own reports with the other participants will make the cost of supplier monitoring significantly lower, compared to each institution buying the same service. Suppliers will also save time and money by reaching out to more buyers with the same information.
Oslo is currently planning their SPP targets in alignment with UN GRI indicators, its own internal procurement strategy and guidelines, and its commitments to the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement. All 50 of Oslo’s agencies have to report on these three initiatives, so the city is aiming to make monitoring as streamlined and connected as possible.
Oslo has announced an open tender for the purchase and leasing of electric service vehicles for all municipal activities. The new framework agreement includes both purchases and so-called operational leasing of cars, will add a further 800 charging stations to the city, and includes fleet management which will allow users to access the status of each car through a web tool in order to plan their activities.