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Xarxa de Ciutats i Pobles cap a la Sostenibilitat

Xarxa de Ciutats i Pobles cap a la Sostenibilitat (the Network of Cities and Towns for Sustainability ) is an association of municipalities which currently has about 290 members. Created in 1997, the network focuses on sustainable development and promoting sustainability policies among its members.

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The annual SPP Regions Networking and Capacity Building event was held on 18 May together with the Launch of the Catalan Green Public Procurement Networking Group. The Catalan Green Public Procurement Networking Group was launched with the aim of encouraging coordination, exchange and collective action involving leading authorities to promote and implement green public procurement in Catalonia.

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What have we been up to?

  • The network has been identifying and publishing different tender models, which can be found here
  • One day capacity building event for the Balearic SPPI network was held the 1 December and attended by 34 participants
  • First meeting of the Catalan Green Public Procurement Networking Group took place the 26 Sept. 2017
  • Conference on "Sustainable Mobility: Public Procurement of Low Carbon Vehicles" took place the 20 Sept. 2017 and was co-organized by the Catalan Association of Municipalities and the Catalan Government
  • Workshop on "Tools and methods to implement the circular and green economy" on 19 Sept. 2017, as part of the cycle of workshops "Circular and green economy in the local world"
  • Draft SPPI implementation plans have been elaborated by the two new network partners of the Catalan Government and the Balearic Government
  • The network has provided support in drafting the document "Government Agreement on Implementation of SPP" for the Balearic Government
  • Two internal meeting on green purchasing focusing on green electricity (April 2016) and electric vehicles (June 2016)
  • Networking event held in Palma de Mallorca where the Balearic Network of Sustainable and Innovative Public Procurement was established
  • Market Engagement activities and piloting for tender for electric police vehicles
  • Assembly of Xarxa in Feb 2016
  • Seminar on Green Electricity purchases
  • Seminar on Sustainable Mobility
  • A one-day training on green public procurement held in partnership with the project Green ProcA
  • Set up face-to-face meetings with experts on methodologies and preparation of tender documentation
  • Creation of the Working Group of Green and Circular Economy
  • Organized two working groups on transport and buildings attended by 15 municipalities

Name of the network:
Xarxa de Ciutats i Pobles cap a la Sostenibilitat

Province of Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain)

280 public authorities

SPP Regions partners involved:
Diputació de Barcelona and Ecoinstitut

To learn more: Xarxa website

Upcoming activities:

  • Internal training course on “Responsible consumption and internal “greening”” for staff of Diputació de Barcelona (planned for February 2018)
  • Annual SPP Regions networking event planned for February/March 2018
  • Publication of a newsletter for the Catalan network planned for 2018
  • Capacity building events in Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza, planned for March 2018
  • Capacity building event for the SPP Network Andalusia, planned for February 2018
  • Second meeting of the Catalan Green Public Procurement Networking Group for beginning 2018

Results so far:

  • SPP tender support in green energy for Cornella municipality (€2,4m)
  • Best practice example: Municipality of Avia tender for green electricity
  • For the joint procurement of green electricity conducted by ACM, the following savings were achieved:
    - Emissions savings of 226,100 tonnes
    - 833 GWh of primary energy saved
    - Economic savings of 10% of total expenditure

Contact person:

Maria Garcia, Head of Unit of Education and Participation -  Environmental Department of DIBA