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Procurement message from Industrial Cities delivered to COP23

23 November 2017

Seven messages developed at a city-region climate conference held in Essen (Germany) have been delivered to the UN Climate Change Secretariat and at a COP23 event on cities with industrial legacies transitioning towards sustainability. The TWINS Conference Ruhr – Cities in Climate Change met from 6-8 November to discuss urban transitions towards sustainability allow industrial legacy cities to create vibrant, green economies and healthy local environments.

Among the environmental topics discussed in ‘world café’ style workshops on 7 November was how sustainable procurement and finance models could underpin cities’ transitions to sustainability. This workshop, facilitated by Philip Tepper from ICLEI’s Sustainable Economy and Procurement team, explored the public procurement challenges and opportunities for industrial cities. One of the TWINS Conference’s seven main messages delivered to COP23 on 9 November was that “Public authorities should be role models by internalizing the social and environmental costs when doing public procurement.”

The seven key messages were presented to Dhirendra Kumar of the UN Climate Change Secretariat by Karola Geiß-Netthöfel of the Ruhr Regional Association and Monika Zimmerman, Deputy Secretary General of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. ICLEI’s Secretary General Gino van Begin also presented the messages to an official side-event of COP23, Cities in Transition – industrial legacy for a low carbon future.

For more information, visit the TWINS conference website.

COP23: Global Lead Cities present Sustainable Procurement targets

11 November 2017

The Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement (GLCN on SP) came together at an event at the COP23 International Climate Conference in Bonn (Germany) on 11 November organised by the GLCN on SP coordinators ICLEI to present ambitious sustainable procurement targets.

Park Won Soon, Mayor of Seoul (South Korea) and chair of the GLCN on SP said: “Leaders of cities around the world convened in Seoul in April 2015 and agreed to launch a network of cities committed to 100 percent sustainable procurement. Much progress has been made since then and our interactions today will be the foundation on which we strive for a better, brighter, and more sustainable future.”

Mayor Park was joined by Governing Mayor Raymond Johansen from Oslo (Norway) and Executive Mayor of Tshwane (South Africa) Solly Msimanga, as well as representatives from Denver (USA), Cape Town (South Africa), Budapest (Hungary), Auckland (New Zealand) and Ghent (Belgium). The GLCN on SP is a group of 14 cities committed to drive a transition to sustainable consumption and production by implementing sustainable and innovation procurement.

For more information, visit the GLCN on SP website.

European Commission proposes Clean Mobility Package

10 November 2017

The European Commission has proposed new emissions targets in a Clean Mobility Package, comprising various measures including a Clean Vehicles Directive which promotes the uptake of sustainable transport solutions in public procurement. The Package is intended to contribute to the EU's commitments under the Paris Agreement, under which it must achieve a 40% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030.


In addition to the Clean Vehicles Directive, the Package proposes new CO2 standards for car manufacturers, an action plan for alternative fuels infrastructure, revised approaches to freight and passenger coach services and an initiative on batteries. The Clean Vehicles Directive includes targets for Member States, regions and cities aimed at using public procurement to stimulate an EU-wide market for low-emissions vehicles.

The announcement of the Clean Mobility Package coincides with the COP23 international climate conference in Bonn (Germany), and the Package will go through the EU's co-decision process in the coming months.

For more information on the Clean Mobility Package, including details of the proposed measures, visit the European Commission's DG Mobility and Transport website.

3rd High Level Event to take place at the COP23

3 November 2017

Participants of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement will come together in Bonn in November for the network’s 3rd High Level Event, at the COP23. The event will be held in the Cities & Regions Pavilion in the afternoon of 11 November (from 12.00 until 14.00). During the summit, high level city representatives will showcase the sustainable procurement activities and commitments which the participating cities have introduced, and the power these can have in addressing climate change.

Chair of the Network Mayor Park Won Soon of Seoul Metropolitan Government (Korea) will be joined at the event by political representatives including Governing Mayor Johansen of Oslo (Norway), Executive Mayor Msimanga of Tshwane (South Africa), and Mayor Bautista of Quezon City (Philippines). Deputy Mayor Sinnemäki of Helsinki (Finland), Vice Mayor Heyse of Ghent (Belgium), Councillor van der Merwe of Cape Town, and Councillor Hulse of Auckland (New Zealand) will also take the stage. The cities of Denver (United States) and Budapest (Hungary) will be represented by high level advisors. It will serve as an inspirational session for other Mayors and cities attending the COP23 to consider the power of sustainable procurement.

The Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement is an initiative launched by Seoul Metropolitan Government in partnership with ICLEI, with the support of the United Nations Environment Programme and the Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute.