Budapest is the capital and the largest city of Hungary. It is the country’s principal political, cultural, commercial, industrial, and transportation centre. The city is situated along the Danube, in the heart of the Carpathian basin.

Sustainable and innovation procurement policies and actions

Although the Municipality of Budapest does not have any special guidance concerning sustainable and innovation procurement - the currently valid General Rules on Public procurement do not declare compulsory use of green and innovative aspects in public purchasing - the city is implementing strategies to improve energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions.

For instance, three furnaces in the building of the Mayor’s Office have gone through a process of modernisation to achieve a total electrical, architectural and mechanical refurbishment. The goal was to shift from inefficient old machines to efficient new ones: the efficiency of new condensers is 95-108%, whereas the efficiency of the old ones was around 70-75%.

The Municipality of Budapest owns several public utility companies and cultural institutions. The Budapest City Directorate Holding – established in 2014 – is in charge of supervising their individual policies on energy efficiency and CO2-emission reduction:

  • The Budapest Zoo uses solar panels to load electric mini-cars that are driven by the staff within the zoo.
  • The Budapest Transport Company is applying modern energy-efficient lighting technologies.
  • Theatres are now using LED bulbs.
  • The Budapest District Heating Company has gone through a modernisation of the cooling system and increased the share of renewable energy sources.


Sustainable development projects

Budapest is committed to environmental protection, especially to sustainable transport. Global climate change generates new challenges at local level and requires new ways of thinking.

Beside the urban infrastructure programmes, Budapest is participating in several EU initiatives, networks, for example Climate-KIC, Covenant of Mayors and EUROCITIES.








direct energy use (GWh/year)




CO 2 reduction target by 2020
(compared to 2005)


  70 million

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litres of thermal water rise to the surface daily, with Budapest boasting more thermal springs than any other capital city in the world