The City of Barcelona makes firm commitment to SPP
The European Commission
Leading stakeholders in the City of Barcelona have made a firm commitment to sustainable public procurement through the enactment of a Municipal Decree obliging that public procurers use environmental and social criteria when procuring a range of product and service categories. The new rules entered into force in December 2013, making it obligatory for all city departments to include certain stipulated sustainability criteria when procuring vehicles, electricity, food and catering services, as well as a range of other high priority procurement categories. The City Council began an awareness-raising campaign a month before the Municipal Decree came into force, providing training to help public officials understand the implications of the new rules on their daily work. Written guidelines were also made available on the City Council’s intranet, to help staff involved in public procurement gain a better understanding of, and to correctly interpret, the new rules. The new regulations form part of the +Sustainable City Council Plan, set up to foster environmental awareness within municipal services in Barcelona. Additionally, the rules allow for the further expansion of the social and environmental criteria for contracts awarded by the City of Barcelona in future.
The European Commission (2014, July). European Commission: GPP News-Alert, Issue no. 43; Retrieved from http://ec.europa.eu/environment/gpp/alert_en.htm