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
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Innovation procurement in Valencia for an energy efficient fire station

Valencia City Council launched its first public procurement of innovation process, aiming to improve the energy efficiency of the Central Fire Station. Valencia, through the Fire Service and the Las Naves Foundation, took the opening step with a market sounding prospectus and preliminary market consultation. This was aimed at generating a space for technical dialogue with all economic and innovation agents who want to participate. The procurement is intended to improve the Fire Station facilities, as well as increase the wellbeing of a workforce that spends 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the building.

The consultation in Valencia tested what the current market can offer and obtain the feedback of professionals and technical experts in the sector in order to better shape the subsequent call for tender.  A supplier information day took place in February 2018 in the Central Fire Station alongside a published Prior Information Notice (PIN) in Tenders Electronic Daily. A video was released that explains the needs and background to the procurement.