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The City of Stavanger is the fourth largest city in Norway, with 133,000 inhabitants, and Norway’s densest populated municipality. Stavanger is the administrative, economic and cultural centre of Rogaland county and seat for the University of Stavanger, the county governor, county administration and several national and international businesses.

Stavanger has a long-term development strategy regarding environmental issues, diversity, public health and societal security and a long tradition of citizens’ involvement. The Stavanger region is well known as the energy capital of Europe, but is also challenged to change towards a greener and more sustainable branding.

Stavanger’s procurement strategy has a clear focus on innovation and social responsibility. The city is applying EU innovation procedures to achieve better value for money, sustainability, and social benefits. The City has also developed a new standard called “Knowledge based Procurement” which is applied in most tender processes. Stavanger has experience in national Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI), delivering a new info- and control system for buildings to improve their environmental performance.


  • Partner in the Norwegian “Innovation Procurement Programme

  • Member of the Ethical Trade Initiative, became a Fair Trade City in 2007

  • Since 2013, all publicly purchased vehicles are zero emission
  • Stavanger Municipality has experience from several innovative procurement processes and has developed its own procedure, called “knowledge-based procurement”





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      Emilia Tufto

      Legal Adviser, Procurement and Ethical Trade Department




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      Stavanger’s procurement strategy has a clear focus on sustainability, innovation and social responsibility. The city is applying EU innovation procedures to achieve better value for money, sustainability, and social benefits.

      In its Climate and Environmental Plan, the City of Stavanger commits to using procurement to achieve sustainability related goals within the community and beyond. Stavanger municipality strives to fulfil its social responsibilities by demanding and consuming goods and services that are produced in accordance with high ethical, social, and environmental standards, across all departments. The procurement practices are in line with the guidance from the Norwegian Agency for Public Management and eGovernment (DFØ) on good environmental leadership. The City’s procurement is also based on circular economy principles wherever possible. Stavanger promotes collaboration on measures and sharing lessons learned in various national and international networks.


      • In 2030, direct GHG emissions from the transport sector have been cut by 80 per cent in relation to 2015, and 100 per cent by 2040.
      • An emission free vehicle public vehicle fleet by 2025
      • Direct GHG emissions from buildings and construction sites have been cut by 80 per cent by 2030, based on the 2015 level, and by 100 per cent by 2040.
      • Resources are reused, recovered or destroyed with as little environmental impact as possible, and volumes of waste are kept as low as possible
      • Minimise plastic litter and runoff containing microplastics
      • Reduce the use of single use plastics for food and beverages in food services


      Stavanger is a forerunner in applying ethical criteria in its procurement – including the use of targeted selection criteria ans award criteria. Since 2010 it has required bidders to document their supply chains with a focus on those contracts which present the greatest risks of human rights violations.

      An annual risk assessment is carried out for all upcoming contracts. For high risk contracts, comprehensive selection criteria relating to ethical trade are applied. Supplier seminars are held to prepare the market. During the contract delivery phase, information from third-party systems such as the Ethical Trading Initiative are used, as well as individual supplier meetings and questionnaires.


      During the last few years, Stavanger has developed procurements and with human rights due diligence as award criteria in some of high risk contracts such as ICT and medical supplies. This in accordance with the OECD model of due diligence and responsible business conduct an UNGP.

      The award criteria include social dialogue, which is one example of stakeholder engagement. Stakeholder engagement is, in many ways, the core of human rights due diligence. Social dialogue can identify and assess adverse impacts, contribute to cease, prevent and mitigate impacts, track implementation and results and communicate how impacts are addressed in the supply chain. This kind of stakeholder engagement is also relevant when considering the last step in the OECD due diligence model, where companies must provide for or cooperate in remediation when appropriate.


      The City Stavanger wants to reach zero emissions on all its construction and building sites, therefore it is working on including zero emission requirements in upcoming tenders. It aims to push the market towards adapting stricter climate and environmental criteria, leading the way for other stakeholders to follow.

      To achieve this, the city is working with specific environmental objectives, in close cooperation with environmental consultants, and using environmentally-friendly materials that result in lower emissions and energy consumption. This includes using the BREEAM NOR environmental certification scheme to classify environmental ambitions and produce climate and environmental accounts for both new and renovated buildings. Life cycle costs (LCC) and GHG accounts are prepared for all municipal buildings in their preliminary project phase, and more detailed calculations in the detailed design, tender and building phases, as well as upon completion, are becoming more common.


      The City of Stavanger is actively applying PPi to improve the outcome of its procurement, in terms of value for money, innovation, and the environment.



      In their transition to an emission free city, transport plays an important role for Stavanger's procurement. Wherever possible, all municipality associated companies are requested to choose zero emission vehicles when they procure service vehicles. The cities aims to transition to fossil free taxis, and ensure there are sufficient charging opportunities. In all public tenders and procurements, the goal is to require completely fossil free delivery.




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