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Sustainable Procurement Resource Centre

Get involved in SPP

Interested in making your procurement more sustainable?

ICLEI is running a number of activities which you can participate in. Click on the links below to find out more, or contact us at .

We also offer a number of networking and exchange opportunities. Click here to find out more about the Procura+ Exchange and our regular SPP events.

International Programmes

Procura+ European Sustainable Procurement Network - Join a network of active public authorities working on sustainable and innovation procurement. We facilitate exchange between participants, offer direct support to your activities, and promote your achievements internationally.

Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement

The Global Lead City Network brings together leading cities from around the world to share and develop their capabilities to implement sustainable and innovation procurement, driving a transition to sustainable production and consumption. To get involved, email

10YFP SPP Programme

ICLEI is actively supporting the worldwide uptake of socially responsible, environmentally friendly and economically sound purchasing via the United Nation's 10 Year Framework Programme on Sustainable Public Procurement (10YFP SPP). The 10YFP SPP Programme is led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and co-led by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, and the Korea Environment Industry & Technology Institute (KEITI).

Current projects

SPP Regions

The SPP Regions project focuses on building and strengthening regional networks around Copenhagen (Denmark), Metropolitan Region Rotterdam - The Hague (Netherlands), Turin (Italy), Bristol (UK), Barcelona (Spain), West France and Gabrovo (Bulgaria). Special attention will be given to sustainable energy products and services in the fields of energy use in public buildings, vehicles and transport, and food and catering services.

Buying Green! – A Handbook on green public procurement. 3rd Edition 

ICLEI was working with the European Commission to update the Commission's 'Buying Green! – A Handbook on green public procurement'. The handbook is a concrete tool to help public authorities to buy goods and services with a lower environmental impact. It is also a useful reference for policy makers and businesses responding to green tenders. The 3rd Edition reflects on the changes relevant for GPP from the 2014 Procurement Directives.


InnProBio aims to stimulate demand for bio-based products and services in Europe. The project will increase the number of public procurers equipped to carry out the procurement of innovative bio-based products and services. The project will work closely with stakeholders to identify barriers, needs, knowledge-gaps and drivers related to procuring bio-based goods. Joint trainings, workshops and other networking activities will be held across Europe, with a focus on training those who are in a position to retrain others in their locality.

GreenS - Green Public Procurement Supporters for Innovative and Sustainable Institutional Change

To overcome the obstacles and barriers currently faced by GPP, this project will help create and consolidate permanent supporting structures called GPP.S – Green Public Procurement Supporters. Those will be established within the participating Energy Agencies and provide public authorities with long-term support and technical assistance in the process of GPP preparation and implementation.


Birmingham (UK), Budapest (Hungary), Castelló & Valencia (Spain) and Wrocław (Poland) will demonstrate that by selectively intervening in scheduled public tenders, energy energy consumption can be reduced and, consequently, GHG emissions decreased. The goal of this 3-year project is to save at least 33GWh/year and to develop the capacity of public authorities to implement innovation procurement solutions for energy-related projects.


PPI4Waste aims to promote efficient management of municipal waste and support the implementation of European policies and national strategies on waste. As part of the project, an Interest Group has been created which is open to anyone who is interested in the topic of the procurement of innovative, waste management solutions. For public procurers who are interested in using PPI to overcome their waste management problems, there is also a private Purchasing Community which provides a closed space to discuss potential solutions. To join either of these groups, email

PRIMES - Green Public Procurement

The purpose of PRIMES is to develop basic skills and provide hands-on support for public purchasing organisations to overcome barriers and implement Green Public Purchasing (GPP) contributing towards more sustainable use of energy and towards the development of more energy efficient products. The project aims at building capacity for GPP within small and medium sized public sector organizations and being an agent of change for GPP at the regional and local level in all EU Member States.

PROBIS - Supporting public procurement of building innovative solutions

PROBIS aims to use PPI in the building sector, with a focus on energy-efficient refurbishment of existing buildings. Four tenders will be launched on building technologies (ICT, envelope and energy equipment) before being tested in four pilot buildings in Torino (IT), Miskolc (HU), Börlange (SE) and in the Lombardy Region (IT).

Water PiPP

Water PiPP is about exploring new public innovation procurement methodologies and testing them in the water sector to overcome a number of bottlenecks and barriers for European innovation potential in the water sector.

greenXpo - Your eco-innovation knowledge source

The greenXpo project is a new and innovative online initiative to facilitate eco-innovation knowledge transfer. It aims at faster and wider uptake and usage of technological as well as non-technological eco-innovations, and showcasing good policy measures related to eco-innovation.
In addition to pooling the knowledge on a single online portal, the project is proactively promoting the available knowledge to policy makers, enterprises and society.

EU GPP Heldesk

On behalf of the European Commission ICLEI is overseeing the Helpdesk for GPP. The service is available to disseminate information about GPP and to provide answers to stakeholders' enquiries. It also includes the preparation of a monthly GPP News-Alert. Contact the Helpdesk at

iNSPiRe - Systemic energy renovation of buildings

The objective of iNSPiRe is to tackle the problem of high-energy consumption by producing systemic renovation packages that can be applied to residential and tertiary buildings. The renovation packages developed by iNSPiRe aim to reduce the primary energy consumption of a building to lower than 50 kWh/m2/year. The packages need to be suitable to a variety of climates while ensuring optimum comfort for the building users.

GPP 2020 – Procurement for a low-carbon economy

GPP 2020 aims to mainstream low-carbon procurement across Europe in support of the EU’s goals to achieve a 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, a 20 percent increase in the share of renewable energy and a 20 percent increase in energy efficiency by 2020. The project aims to implement more than 100 low-carbon tenders, and will run an extensive capacity building programme for public sector representatives.

INNOCAT - Procurement of eco-innovative catering

INNOCAT is a European collaboration between public and private buyers who wish to purchase eco-innovative catering products and services. The aim is to help encourage eco-innovation in the catering sector by providing a sizeable launch market for new solutions. Email us to find out more.

HAPPI - Healthy Ageing in Public Procurement of Innovation

“Ageing well” in health institutions is an area in which innovation is currently not very well known, promoted or valued. Nonetheless, the stakes of ageing well are high, both for institutions and for manufacturers.

The project brings together a consortium of ten partners from five Member States (five purchasing pools and five experts) to establish the conditions for health institutions throughout Europe to collaborate in the purchase of “ageing well” and health innovative products, services and solutions in the long run. Email us to find out more.

Procurement of Innovation (PPI) Platform

The website is the first port of call for all things related to public procurement of innovation (PPI) and pre-commercial procurement (PCP). It contains the latest news on PPI and PCP developments and events, the European legal framework, policy support and more specifically, it will offer the latest updates on PPI and PCP related projects. The Platform aims to make public procurement of innovation a wide-spread reality in Europe. Email us to find out more.