Tampere is the third largest city in Finland and the largest inland centre in the Nordic countries. There are about 241,000 inhabitants in Tampere, and half a million inhabitants in Tampere Region. For a number of years, the City of Tampere has participated in national and international networks concerning resource efficiency, environmental indicators and sustainable public procurement. Both City Strategy and Environmental Policy emphasize climate neutrality by 2030 and the sustainable public procurement.


  • The City of Tampere uses 100 percent green electricity  
  • Tampere is the first Fairtrade City in Finland  
  • The total GHG emissions have decreased by 30 % and the per capita emissions by 49 % between 1990–2019.






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Enni Leppälä

Planning Officer


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More information? Email procurement@iclei.org  



The Tampere 2030 strategy and the city's procurement principles provide guidelines for the implementation of the city's procurement. The city strategy emphasizes the role of public procurement especially in the climate work. One of the four procurement principles is procuring responsibly and considering all the perspectives of sustainable development. Also the City of Tampere Environmental Policy 2030 and the roadmap for carbon neutral city by 2030 cover objectives for SPP.


Procurement Principles

  • The city promotes energy efficiency and more environmentally sustainable alternatives in its procurement
  • The employment of the disadvantaged is supported through procurement
  • The black market economy is being actively combated

Environmental Policy

  • Ecological, economic and social impacts throughout the life cycle will be recognized and taken into account in all of the city’s investments and procurement activities of services and materials

Carbon Neutral Tampere 2030 Roadmap

  • Gradually tightening criteria will be set for climate-relevant procurement
  • The implementation of climate and environmental criteria will be monitored in procurement, and the competence of those responsible for procurement will be developed


The Tampere 2030 strategy and the city's procurement principles provide guidelines for the implementation of the city's procurement. The implementation of the procurement principles is monitored in the reviews of operations and finances, in the financial statement forecast and in the financial statements.

Procurement principles (in Finnish, will be updated 2022)


In 2015, a sustainable procurement of medical gloves successfully promoted global responsibility, human rights, wellbeing of employees and nature. A life cycle costing model was applied in the procurement, demonstrating a €100,000 saving.


In centralised purchasing, both the use sustainability criteria and environmental criteria is monitored on a yearly basis. The numbers are reported as part of financial statements and in other sustainability reporting. For example in 2020, 53 % percent of the centralised purchases included environmental criteria.



The City of Tampere has developed new public circular economy procurement procedures and co-operation methods with companies for the construction of streets. The new CE procurement methods were 1st tried out in the procurement of Yliopistonkatu, one of the central streets of Tampere. It is the first time in Finland this type of circular economy procurement criteria is applied. The aim is to promote and apply in practice the city's sustainability goals in a commercially profitable way. At the heart of the procurement process is a new principle based on business cooperation: the city sets circular and other sustainability and safety goals for the construction site, but companies can influence how these goals are achieved. The contractor is responsible for the recycling and procurement of the material used in the project, under the supervision of the customer. (LINK)


The City of Tampere uses 100 % renewable electricity in the service properties. The share of renewable energy sources in heating is increasing and oil heating will be given up in the city’s own buildings by 2025. The new Tampere Tram also purchases its electricity 100 % renewable.


The city of Tampere wants to promote wood construction, because wood is a renewable material and a positive choice for the climate. It sequesters carbon for a long time and thus wooden buildings act as carbon stores. Wood is also an important raw material for the local economy in Tampere Region. Modern wood construction and especially industrial modular and other wood construction offer new options for apartment building and additional storey construction. Timber is used especially for construction of parks, infrastructure and public buildings, such as kindergartens and schools.

City of Tampere has been awarded as the Public Wood Construction Pioneer in Finland in 2021. According to the jury's reasoning, Tampere has instilled wood construction as a seamless part of the city's growing identity, basic functions and climate work.


The City of Tampere and its procurement company Tuomi Logistiikka Oy have signed a so-called Green Deal with the Ministry of the Environment and Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, in order to reduce harmful substances in the early childhood education environment by developing public procurement. A green deal is a good way to reduce the chemical load on children and create a safe learning environment. The Green Deal agreement will improve the efficiency of procurement and develop procurement expertise for the procurement of products and services containing less harmful chemicals. (LINK)