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Ökokauf Wien - Ecobuy Vienna

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‘ÖkoKauf Wien’ is a cross-departmental programme attached to the Executive Group for Construction and Technology of the City of Vienna. The aim of the ‘ÖkoKauf Wien’ programme is to enhance the environmental compatibility of the city´s procurement system in line with the principles of climate protection and EU procurement regulations.

For this purpose, texts for invitations to tender, criteria catalogues and other guidelines that can be used in the field of procurement are being developed. By now, there are about 100 such product catalogues for supply, construction and other services regularly procured by the City of Vienna. An important factor for the success of the ‘ÖkoKauf Wien’ programme is its broad structure which involves more than 200 experts from all spheres of the Vienna City Administration as well as a number of external experts.

The programme is organised across different municipal departments and uses the existing structure and resources of the City of Vienna, thereby avoiding separate personnel expenses and related costs for offices, etc. Most of the staff members involved in the programme are employees of the City of Vienna and perform their programme tasks in addition to their actual functions. The programme is implemented at the administrative and organisational level by using the City of Vienna’s existing human and technical resources. The financial resources required for the award of external contracts to support work on the programme by, for example, studies, investigations or tests are primarily provided by the City of Vienna. Staff members’ motivation to participate in the programme is solely based on the opportunity to contribute their expert knowledge from their main fields of professional activity to the ‘ÖkoKauf Wien’ programme and, building on this knowledge, to develop generally applicable regulations, which can be used by all procurers in their everyday work, once they have been published.

The current 25 working groups develop, evaluate and update relevant ecological criteria in the fields of printing and paper, electrical and electronic appliances, construction and HVAC systems, vehicle fleet, food, disinfectants and cleaning agents, textiles, events etc. Advisory committees, supporting the working groups, have been established for public relations and legal issues. Intensive public relations work helps to make the results of ‘ÖkoKauf Wien’ available to all interested parties, such as public procurers, commercial enterprises and the citizens.

Before being published, the results of the ‘ÖkoKauf Wien’ programme are legally reviewed to ensure they can be applied without any problems. Cautious calculations of the outcome of ‘ÖkoKauf Wien’ revealed that by applying the results of the ‘ÖkoKauf Wien’ programme, the City of Vienna saves about €17 million and 30,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.

Award info
Award category: going green
Award type: award
Award year: 2011
Project type
Sector: Economic affairs, competition, SME
Type of activity:
Keywords: Public procurement, environment
Short English description: The aim of the ‘ÖkoKauf Wien’ programme is to enhance the environmental compatibility of the city´s procurement system in line with the principles of climate protection and EU procurement regulations.
Further information
Organisation: City of Vienna Department for Environment Protection – MA 22
Other applicants:
Homepage: http://www.oekokauf.wien.at
Level of government: regional level
Size of organisation: >100
Number of people involved: >15
Country: Austria
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
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