Organisers & partners

The City of Nijmegen is the oldest city in The Netherlands and is located on the bank of the river Waal. Nijmegen is the European Green Capital for 2018, being the first city in the Netherlands to be awarded the prestigious title.

Since 2005, the city of Nijmegen has led by example in the area of purchasing and public tendering. Nijmegen was one of the first municipalities in The Netherlands to sign the Dutch Declaration on “Sustainable Public Procurement”. Nijmegen has since introduced a plan - including some 50 actions – to obtain a more sustainable, circular and social way of purchasing and public tendering. It is one of the most important instruments for the local government to contribute to an energy neutral, green and healthy city as well as acting as a stimulus for innovation and local employment.



ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is  the  leading  global  network  of  over  1,500  cities,  towns  and  regions   committed to building a sustainable future. By helping the ICLEI Network to become sustainable, low-carbon, ecomobile,  resilient, biodiverse, resource-efficient, healthy and happy, with a green economy and smart infrastructure, we impact over  25% of the global urban population.

ICLEI has been working on procurement since 1996, assisting hundreds of cities,  regions and public authorities to embed sustainable, circular and innovation criteria into public tenders directly and through many collaboration projects.

Through these projects and our flagship networks, the Procura+ European Sustainable Procurement Network and the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement, ICLEI provides professional information, advice, networking opportunities, training and tools to public authorities wanting to implement better, more cost effective sustainable and innovation procurement practices.

The European Commission is supporting EU authorities who want to go green with several support tools: EU Green Public Procurement (GPP) criteria for approximately 20 priority product groups; Good practice Database; Guidance documents such as Buying Green and the 2017 Circular Procurement Brochure; GPP Helpdesk; and News alert. All resources are available here.  

PIANOo , the Dutch Public Procurement Expertise Centre, was set up to professionalise procurement and tendering in all government departments, with a view to improving efficiency and compliance with the rules. Professional procurement can contribute to successful policy and offers value for taxpayers' money. PIANOo brings procurement and tendering experts together, pools knowledge and experience and provides advice and practical tips. The Expertise Centre also fosters dialogue between public contracting authorities and private sector companies. PIANOo is part of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy.

Since 2014, PIANOo has been the central contact point for Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) for all Dutch public procurers. The Dutch government, together with regional and local authorities, wants to stimulate the market for sustainable products. Our goal is to provide active support to procurers in order to accelerate the fulfilment of SPP and its professional application within government procurement services.

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management is committed to improving quality of life, access and mobility in a clean, safe and sustainable environment. The Ministry strives to create an efficient network of roads, railways, waterways and airways, effective water management to protect against flooding, and improved air and water quality.

One Planet Network is the network of the 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production patterns, is a global framework of action to enhance international cooperation to accelerate the shift towards sustainable consumption and production (SCP) in both developed and developing countries.