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Networks and initiatives


Procura + Campaign

Procura+ is an initiative designed to help support public authorities in implementing Sustainable Procurement – and help promote their achievements. The Campaign was established in 2004 by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability to help drive the mainstreaming of sustainable public procurement. Through participating in the Campaign, public authorities can contribute to a growing international movement and help bring about real change on the market. 
A range of guidance and resources for implementing SPP are available on the website, including detailed purchasing criteria for six product groups (buses, cleaning products & services, electricity, food & catering services, IT products, building construction & renovation) a manual for SPP implementation and a collection of best practice case studies.

Sustainable Procurement Resource Centre

The Sustainable Procurement Resource Centre is a one-stop access point for procurers, policy makers, researchers and other stakeholders. The Sustainable Procurement Resource Centre contains key knowledge on how to effectively undertake sustainable procurement. Get the latest news and events on sustainable procurement, take advantage of networking opportunities and tap into an extensive searchable database of procurement criteria; policies and strategies; tools and guidance; good practice case studies, projects and initiatives; studies and reports; eco-labels and other labels and useful links.

The Procurement Forum

The Procurement Forum is part of the Procurement of Innovation Platform and gives stakeholders a chance to exchange, connect and collaborate. The forun supports a number of groups working on GPP and SPP related topics. 

Public Procurement Network 

PPN is a co-operation network of public procurement expert officials, dedicated to European companies taking part in procurement procedures in other countries of the network. It involves all EU Member States, EU candidate countries, EEA Members and Switzerland.

Covenant of Mayors

The Covenant of Mayors is the most ambitious initiative engaging signatory cities to go beyond the EU’s energy and climate goals and curb their CO2 emissions by at least 20% by 2020 via energy efficiency and renewable energy actions. Within the year following adhesion to the Covenant, the signatories submit their Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) describing how they intend to reach the objectives. Since the Covenant commitments concern the whole geographical area of the city/town/region, the SEAP should include actions concerning both the public and private sectors. 

Energy Cities

Energy Cities (formerly Energie-Cités) is an association of close to 200 European local authorities in 30 countries, aiming at the promotion of local sustainable energy policies.

Build up

BUILD UP is the European web portal for energy efficiency in buildings. It encourages building professionals, public authorities and owners of buildings to share their knowledge on how to cut energy consumption in buildings. 


EUROCITIES is a network of more than 140 European cities in over 30 European countries. Through thematic forums, a wide range of working groups, projects, activities and events, Eurocities offers a platform for sharing knowledge and exchanging ideas.


United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

The 10YFP Programme on SPP was formally launched on 1 April 2014. It further amplifies and extends the impact of the Sustainable Public Procurement Initiative (SPPI), which was launched in June 2012 at the Rio+20 Conference. The SPP Programme is open to all organizations and individual experts that are interested in joining a collaborative platform to support the implementation of SPP. The SPPI was itself a continuation of the Marrakech Task Force on Sustainable Public Procurement, led by the government of Switzerland from 2005 until 2011. In addition, UNEP is implementing a project on Sustainable Public Procurement and Ecolabelling (SPPEL) since April 2013. The project aims at providing capacity developing and technical assistance to public and private sectors on the development of SPP policies and use of ecolabelling. Target countries are also assisted in the coordinated implementation of SPP policies and ecolabelling.  

The International Green Purchasing Network (IGPN)

The IGPN is an organisation which promotes Green Purchasing around the globe by coordinating those who take the initiative in implementing Green Purchasing toward sustainable consumption and production. The network consists of international organizations, businesses, governmental organizations, local authorities and NGOs.

WTO public procurement

This site provides an overview of WTO activities in the area of public procurement.