Valencia is the third largest city in Spain. It is located in the centre of the Mediterranean Corridor and has one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean region. The city mixes history and modernity, integrating old buildings with futuristic ones, such the City of Arts and Sciences, designed by Santiago Calatrava.

Sustainable and innovation procurement policies and actions

Procurement is governed by the National Law of Public Procurement. The annual procurement budget of the city for 2015 was over 738m euros.

The city has already implemented some sustainable procurement initiatives, such as the replacement of streetlights with LEDs. The public bus fleet has 403 biodiesel vehicles, 75 using compressed natural gas, and 5 hybrid vehicles. Valencia has also focused on energy efficient buildings. For instance, the Sport Complex of Malilla is using new technologies and energy efficient systems that produce 85% of the total amount of energy the facility requires. Other buildings, such as MercaValencia or the conference centre, have photovoltaic roofs.

Valencia has achieved a 24% energy consumption reduction, compared to 2008, thanks to several energy efficiency policies to reduce CO2 emissions the city has in place.

Sustainable development projects

When joining the Covenant of Mayors, Valencia City Council drafted the Plan of Action for Sustainable Energy (PASE), which in its first two years helped to reduce CO2 emissions by 8%. The greatest reduction was in the transport sector, with CO2 emissions lowered by 18%.

In May 2012 Valencia City Council launched its on-line administration site, which aims to become the main dialogue tool with citizens. During its first year this e-government platform achieved savings of 200 million euros: 1,8 million documents were digitalised and paper movement was reduced by 70%. All the files in the City Council are available now in electronic format.

Valencia City Council's local environmental policies include:

  • Valencia 2020 Strategy addressing Climate Change
  • Action Plans for sustainable energy, air quality and noise pollution
  • Valencian Observatory on Climate Change
  • Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan










direct energy use (GWh/year)




CO 2 reduction target by 2020
(compared to 2007)



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m2 of pedestrian streets flow through the city