Wien – one of the world’s most successful cities on green procurement
Over 135,000 tonnes in CO2- emissions have been prevented and financial savings totaling over 63 million Euro have been made since 2004 – Ökokauf Wien has become one of the world’s most successful city programmes on sustainable procurement. The success of the project, which startet 1998, is a result of the cooperation and drive stemming from the City’s procurement and environment departments, which goe hand in hand with the political buy-in. The city developed tools, such as extensive lists of procurement criteria and product databases, via municipal working groups on the various products and services purchased and equiped staff with the knowledge they require to include sustainability criteria in their procurement. Ökokauf Wien also claims to have positive effects on health and that it improved cooperation between the city’s departments.