AALBORG

OVERVIEW

SPP IN AALBORG

Aalborg (or Ålborg) is the fourth largest city and the third most populous municipality in Denmark (205,000 inhabitants). Aalborg has spearheaded local commitment to sustainability in Europe, creating the Aalborg Charter and Aalborg Commitments which have been signed by over 2500 and 650 municipalities respectively.


SPP HIGHLIGHTS

    • Pioneer in sustainable development since 1994
    • All municipal printed matter must have an environmental label (Nordic Swan label or similar) and/or be produced at an environmentally-certified printing house
    • Energy consumption demands and life-cycle economy on energy has been integrated in the procurement procedures since 2012

         

        17k

        Population

        2013

        Date joined

        CONTACT

        Steffen Thomsen

        Sustainable Procurement Specialist 

         

        WEBSITE

         

        More information? Email procurement@iclei.org  

        IN ACTION

        SPP POLICY AND STRATEGY

        The "Local Initiative for Sustainable Development - Sustainability Strategy", promoted several GPP strategies in the period 2008-2011, including the use of life-cycle analysis in municipal purchasing, and the requirement to update environmental requirements at least every other year to reflect technological development. The Environment and Procurement Offices cooperate to define technical specifications in tenders and bids are awarded eco-points which are built into the overall score of the offer.

        Aalborg's Sustainability Strategy (2016-2020) highlighted the central importance of a circular economy approach to resource waste and use, and procurement as a tool to support the development of circular economy business models.


        SPP TARGETS

        • All products purchased by Aalborg Municipality must meet the minimum requirements for the environment, working environment and social clauses, and must be continuously updated in new tenders;
        • Procurement will promote the production of local organic food;
        • When purchasing energy-consuming products and services, Aalborg Municipality will choose the most energy efficient in terms of price from a total cost perspective.

        CIRCULAR PROCUREMENT

        The City of Aalborg is a partner in the Interrreg Baltic Sea Circular PP project: Using innovation procurement and capacity building to promote Circular Economy. The main focus of this project is to use public procurement in the Baltic Sea Region as a catalyst to enhance the market uptake of innovative circular products and services by building capacity among all stakeholders of the value chain (namely procurers, suppliers and policy makers) and introducing the principles of circular economy thinking in the call for tenders in a close feedback dialog with SMEs.

        LIFE CYCLE COSTING

        Energy consumption demands and life-cycle economy on energy has been integrated in the procurement procedures since 2012. When procuring energy consuming goods and services demands on energy efficiency will be rated based on life cycle consumption prices.

        SPP SECTORS

        VEHICLES

        When purchasing municipal vehicles, the energy consumption of the vehicles and the use of alternative fuels must be promoted.

        ICT

        To improve the collection and reuse of ICT, Aalborg has created a joint agreement between all seven of the municipality's departments.

        PLAYGROUNDS

        Aalborg is piloting an innovative circular playground, incorporating landscape features and encouraging creative play and learning.

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        PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES

        Circular PP

        Using public procurement in the Baltic Sea Region as a catalyst for the circular economy

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