Two decades of sustainable cities

ICLEI celebrates

Published On: 23-May-2016

Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) is a global association of over 1000 cities, towns and metropolises in 86 countries with a mission to promote global sustainability through local action. ICLEI has around 300 urban development professionals working in 17 secretariats and offices, supporting cities and regions to become sustainable, low-carbon, resilient, biodiverse, resource-efficient and productive, eco-mobile, smart, healthy and happy.  More than 20% of the world’s urban population are potentially exposed to ICLEI‘s work which is global in scope and impact, and yet very local in implementation.

ICLEI celebrated 20 years of work on sustainable procurement at a reception in Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum on 26 April, 2016. Their Procura+  Network joins more than 40 European public authorities in sustainable procurement efforts. Among their member achievements are

  • Rotterdam attaining 100% sustainability in its purchases in 2015
  • Rome reaching 100% in tenders for furniture, paper and cleaning services
  • Copenhagen reaching 53% sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels in municipal vehicles

Global Director of ICLEI’s Sustainable Procurement Centre, Mark Hidson, says a lot has been achieved over the organisation’s two decades.  “We have had the pleasure of working with committed and creative experts from cities large and small to develop and implement sustainable procurement strategies which have helped to create low-carbon, socially responsible societies. The work done so far provides a good basis for continuing to strengthen our relationships and contribute positively to the sustainable and innovation procurement community over the next 20 years.”

Footnote: Green politician and Helsinki deputy mayor Pekka Sauri PhD, a member of ICLEI’s European regional executive, chairs Procura +.