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European cities engage the market to realise zero-emission and healthy construction procurement

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Cities from across Europe met on 9 October in ICLEI Member Copenhagen (Denmark) to liaise with market actors in the construction supply chain regarding their targets and plans to achieve clean and healthy construction. Representatives from ICLEI Members – and Procura+ Participants – Copenhagen, Oslo (Norway), Helsinki (Finland), Budapest (Hungary) and Brussels (Belgium), as well as from ICLEI Member Lisbon (Portugal) and other cities discussed their procurement ambitions for zero-emission construction sites and sustainable building materials.


Circular construction materials are a key area of interest for innovative local governments. Building material constitutes a major emitter of CO2, and there exist opportunities for cities to improve the way construction materials are reused and thus kept "in the loop" within cities. Cities are now working to move these circular ideas into actual procurements.


The cities highlighted their targets to market suppliers. For example, Copenhagen's CPH2025 Climate Plan includes a goal for the City to use fossil-free fuels in its non-road mobile machinery. Oslo announced its policy for construction sites to be zero-emission by 2025, showing its leadership in sustainable procurement as a GLCN city. 


Wolfgang Teubner, Regional Director of ICLEI Europe recognised the need for "a critical mass of public authorities implementing sustainable procurement to achieve real progress in greening the market in Europe." Marzena Rogalaska, Director of the European Commission DG Grow, emphasised that "public procurement can play a strong role in clean construction." She went on to call for cities to recognise that they "are leaders of this movement, and Mayors and Ministers need to acknowledge their exemplary role in pushing the market."


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