Greener public procurement
As Norway’s second-largest public sector purchaser, the City of Oslo’s purchasing power can have considerable impact on the consumption of single-use plastics. The City is working on new purchasing agreements to include strict requirements that reduce the use of single-use plastics.
Through their public procurement policies, the City of Oslo aims to change their consumption behaviour and reduce the unnecessary use of plastic in municipal bodies. It will do this by supporting products that contribute to a circular economy, i.e. products that are designed for recycling and encourage reuse.
The City mapped all purchases of plastic products across the municipality, with particular attention on single-use plastics, to fully grasp the scale of the use of plastic products in the municipality. By mapping plastic consumption, the City was able to identify which products were problematic and which agencies they needed to target.
The City is also working on building a more eco-conscious culture by facilitating the process with a manual on smart purchasing. New procurement framework agreements will also include strict climate and environmental requirements that focus on high rates of reuse, recycling, recovery and sharing.