Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement (GLCN)


Name of initiative Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement (GLCN)
LPAA initiative No
NAZCA Initiative Yes
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Starting year 2015
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Secretariat ICLEI’s Sustainable Procurement Centre, C/o ICLEI European Secretariat,

Leopoldring 3, 79098 Freiburg, Germany Tel: +49 (0)761 368920

Organisational structure ICLEI acts as co-ordinator of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement. Building on its 20 years of experience on sustainable procurement, ICLEI is supporting the Network cities in our target setting, implementation and monitoring of measures.

The Network is chaired by one of the member cities in a 3-year cycle. Since 2018, the city of Tshwane is the current chair.

Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute (KEITI) has welcomed the initiative and is looking forward to its integration in the 10YFP on SPP Programme.

Geographical coverage Global
Name of lead organisation ICLEI
Type of lead organisation Other intergovernmental organization
Location/Nationality of lead organisation Germany


Description The Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement is a group of 14 cities committed to drive a transition to sustainable consumption and production by implementing sustainable and innovation procurement. All participating cities are acting as ambassadors of sustainable procurement to lead to a resource efficient, low carbon and socially responsible society.
Objectives Examples:

OSLO Zero Emission construction machines and vehicles on all construction sites by 2025.

ROTTERDAM By 2025, zero emission urban delivery of goods and services.

TSHWANE By 2021, 10% of the City of Tshwane's purchases will be sustainable.

DENVER By 2030, 25% of food purchased by public institutions in Denver comes from Colorado

MONTRÉAL By 2020, 230 municipal vehicles to be converted to electric.

BUENOS AIRES By 2025, 20% of the energy used by large users of the public sector of the city will come from renewable sources.

HELSINKI By 2020, all busses ordered by Helsinki Region Transport will run on renewable fuels.

GHENT By 2024 only buy fair trade products.

Activities - showcase ambitious, quantified targets and achievements in four priority sectors: transport, construction, energy and food & catering,

- meet, share and develop capabilities to implement sustainable purchasing practices, - help develop a supportive political framework for implementation, - act as global and regional champions of SPP, - foster the role of public procurement for global sustainable development.

One or two success stories achieved Oslo zero-emission delivery of goods and services:

Ghent sustainable food procurement:

Monitoring and Impacts

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Goals As leading cities, we want to accelerate the implementation of sustainable procurement and procurement of innovation worldwide. We form a unified voice within the international community to raise awareness and foster sustainable development.

Our aim is to meet, share and develop capabilities to implement sustainable purchasing practices, as well as to help develop a supportive political framework for implementation.

By taking smart procurement decisions, we can reduce negative environmental impacts, achieve financial efficiency, encourage innovation, boost green jobs, and strengthen labor rights.

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Participants Number Names
Members 14  
Companies 0
Business organisations 0
Research and educational organisations 0
Non-governmental organisations 0
National states 0
Governmental actors 0
Regional / state / county actors 0
City / municipal actors 14 Tshwane (South Africa) - Chair of the Network -,  Auckland (New Zealand),  Budapest (Hungary),  Buenos Aires (Argentina),  Cape Town (South Africa),  Denver (USA),  Ghent (Belgium),  Helsinki (Finland),  Montréal (Canada),  Oslo (Norway),  Rotterdam (Netherlands),  Quezon City (Philippines),  Seoul (South Korea) and Warsaw (Poland)
Intergovernmental organisations 0
Financial Institutions 0
Other members 0
Supporting partners 0
Number of members in the years
Have only national states as participators No


Transport Agriculture Forestry Business Financial institutions Buildings Industry Waste Cities and subnational governments Short Term Pollutants International maritime transport Energy Supply Fluorinated gases Energy efficiency Renewable energy Supply chain emission reductions Adaptation Other Resilience Innovation Energy Access and Efficiency Private Finance
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Last update: 8 January 2020 09:15:59

Not only have national states as participators