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April 20, 2021

Release of global factsheets exploring how procurement can tackle the climate crisis

The Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement has published a set of factsheets exploring the links between procurement and the climate crisis. These factsheets provide an overview of the challenges and opportunities facing the transport and mobility sectors as well as the construction sector in the context of the global climate emergency.
The factsheets explore some innovative actions cities have taken to address the climate crisis locally through public procurement and to drive sustainable change in these sectors.

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April 9, 2021

Alibaba’s Ant Group pledges to be carbon neutral by 2030

In September 2020, Chinese President Xi Jinping claimed that China would reach peak carbon emissions by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060, which has inspired more Chinese enterprises to contribute to higher emission reduction targets.

On March 12nd, 2021, as Alibaba’s financial affiliate, Ant Group announced that it will aim to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 and that it plans to leverage tech innovations to reduce emissions for example by using blockchain to track progress in carbon reduction, joining the urgent global efforts to tackle climate change and its devastating effects.

Ant Group pioneers its action towards carbon neutrality and detailed a path to achieve the aim, including neutralize carbon emissions associated with direct and indirect energy consumption since 2021 (Scope 1 and Scope 2), regularly disclose progress on its carbon neutrality aim, fully cancel out carbon emissions generated by sources it does not own or control by 2030, covering areas such as supply chain and business travel (Scope 3). In its comprehensive roadmap, Ant Group emphasizes to take concrete actions to reduce GHG emissions rather than purchasing credit to offset. Relevant direct activities include energy-efficiency and emission-reduction renovation of existing office parks; design, construction and operation of new office parks in line with green building standards; incentivizing low carbon office behavior; and promoting green investment. In addition, Ant Group will take innovative measures to improve the energy efficiency of its data centers and develop green procurement mechanism to promote emissions reduction of its supply chain.

To ensure the pledge and path credible and transparent, Ant Group commissioned China Environmental United Certification Center (CEC), an independent certification body with CDM/CCER DOE qualification, to provide the scientific demonstration for its target. Meanwhile, Ant Group will cooperate with CEC to launch a carbon neutrality implementation guide for the fintech industry, leading low carbon actions for digital finance companies.

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April 2, 2021

Release of global factsheets exploring how procurement can tackle the climate crisis

The Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement (GLCN), coordinated by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, published a set of Global public procurement factsheets exploring the links between procurement and the climate crisis.
The factsheets provide you with an overview of the challenges and opportunities facing the transport and mobility as well as the construction sector in the context of the global climate emergency. Further, you can explore some of the innovative actions GLCN cities have taken to address the climate crisis locally through public procurement.
The construction factsheet explains that through their role of commissioning construction and demolition works and owning and occupying buildings, city governments have an important part to play in improving the performance of the sector. GLCN cities are fully determined to use their purchasing power to deliver cleaner and healthier buildings. Through the factsheet, you can learn more about the ambitions of Budapest, Denver, Helsinki, Oslo, Seoul and Rotterdam. The factsheet features three actionable ways GLCN cities use their procurement activities to deliver and operate more sustainable buildings:
1. Procuring the climate-friendly refurbishment of buildings
2. Procuring climate-friendly and resilient design
3. Procuring low-impact construction practices
Many cities are facing significant challenges in developing clean, efficient, affordable and safe solutions to support the free movement of people and goods within their boundaries. The transport and mobility factsheet emphasises that as transport solution and infrastructure providers, city governments have a large role to play in improving the performance of the sector. GLCN cities have an extensive track record of leading on this topic, using their public procurement power to drive sustainable change in their local transportation systems. Through the factsheet, you can learn more about the ambitions of Auckland, Buenos Aires, Budapest, Denver, Ghent, Helsinki, Oslo, Pittsburgh, Rotterdam and Tshwane. And the factsheet outlines three actionable ways on how to use procurement power to address the environmental and social challenges associated with a transition to greener transport systems:
1. Procuring zero-emission delivery of goods and services
2. Procuring a clean, zero-emission public fleet
3. Procuring car-free transport infrastructure for all
Explore the construction and transport factsheets and stay tuned for factsheets on energy and food.

About Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement (GLCN)
The GLCN is a group of 16 cities committed to drive a transition to sustainable consumption and production by implementing sustainable and innovation procurement. The network is coordinated by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability. Learn more about the GLCN here.

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