Our job is to plan, build and maintain the municipal infrastructure. We are a major employer and an even greater patron of local businesses. We have the capacity to help as well as hinder – and this places demands on us.
Illustration: "Does the council approve adding “Life saving” to the agenda?"
Over the years we have consistently planned for more cars and trucks. Now we need to rethink things and, for example, see to it that our citizens are able to cycle long distances and throughout the year. The way in which we meet the transport needs of our citizens and businesses will determine how well we succeed in our sustainability work.
With the Swedish Public Procurement Act, we want to be able to ensure that our suppliers meet tough sustainability requirements on every level. This is most tangible with respect to transport, and we want intelligent services and vehicles that are quiet and eco-friendly.
We promise more interesting municipal council meetings if this can be arranged.
Municipalities have a great share of the responsibility
Municipalities must take an active stand on the UN’s Global Goals. They need to assume responsibility, take the lead and see their central role in sustainability efforts. The municipal vehicle fleet should not contribute to environmental emissions, noise or traffic danger. The solution could be multifunctional vehicles that are small, intelligent and flexible enough to take children to school as well as deliver goods.
Planning to meet all needs
In urban and detailed planning, the rights of all public transport user groups must be considered. Today, planning typically revolves around the needs of drivers, which creates barrier effects in the cities and obstacles for an integrated and functional society. Safer and more attractive bicycle paths would not only benefit those who currently bike, but would also encourage new groups to start. This would benefit the environment, public health and the social economy.
Promote public procurement practices that are sustainable, in accordance with national policies and priorities
UN Global Goal - 12.7
Procurement as a tool
Placing sustainability factors among the main criteria in all procurement processes and policies can be decisive for influencing commercial players. However, the public sector should not just impose requirements but also maintain a dialogue with the business community, as a means of arriving at the right solutions. Only then can a sustainable society be created.