European Secretariat – Local Governments for Sustainability, ICLEI

The European Secretariat of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI Europe) addresses local sustainability in Europe, working closely with local governments and their partners to achieve this. Linked to the international association founded in 1990 (as the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives) at the United Nations in New York, ICLEI has a growing global membership (+2500 cities, towns, counties and their associations worldwide). ICLEI works through performance-based, results-oriented campaigns and programmes to achieve tangible improvements in global environmental and sustainable urban development – ICLEI Europe, based in Freiburg, Germany, has a staff of 100+. Working through thematic teams with a wide range of expertise and extensive experience in European project coordination and partnering, the organisation has a strong focus on building capacity, sharing knowledge, and supporting local governments in the implementation of sustainable development at community level – ICLEI Europe has been at the forefront of policy developments in the field of sustainable, circular and innovation procurement for the past 25 years. As a non-profit local government membership organisation, we are committed to ensuring that our work delivers real sustainability benefits, both in the short and long term. ICLEI’s Sustainable Economy and Procurement (SEP) team is made up of ten procurement experts, with experience in capacity building, providing direct support and training across a range of product groups and topics, developing guidance and criteria and implementing innovation, sustainable and strategic procurement. As well as ICLEI’s SEP Team in Freiburg, ICLEI Europe’s Brussels Office is run by a procurement specialist with over 16 years’ experience of working in the field of sustainable, innovation and strategic procurement.



Contact persons

Helena O’Rourke-Potocki