Wrocław is the fourth largest city in Poland and the capital of Lower Silesia region. It is commonly know as the Venice of the North, because of its large system of canals and over 100 bridges. Wrocław has been designated as the European Capital of Culture 2016. 

Sustainable and innovation procurement policies

The Low Carbon Economy Strategy (LCES) for the city of  Wrocław contains general and specific objectives, identifies the problematic sectors in the city, quantifies air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and sets action tasks and measures both in the short and in the long term.

The targets for year 2020, against 1990 baselines are:

  • To reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20%
  • To reduce energy consumption by 20%
  • To obtain 15% of the total energy production from renewable resources

The LCES for the city of Wrocław clearly indicates that public procurement practices should use criteria for energy efficiency and GHG emissions reduction. According to this strategic document, the implementation of green public procurement from 2015 to 2020 can achieve up to 1% of energy usage reduction, which is around 541 GWh/year energy saving.

Sustainable development projects

Wrocław is already working on several projects related to sustainable development.
- KAWKA project: this aims to reduce the emissions of harmful dusts and gases, by implementing a modernisation of coal fuelled heating systems in citizens’ buildings.
- Intelligent Transport System: this project has an objective to improve traffic quality and give priority to public transport, in order to reduce CO2 emissions.
- Retrofitting of municipal buildings: from 2007 to 2014 over 135 buildings were retrofitted, helping to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions.
- Wrocław for Environment initiative: this work group was created as an initiative of Wrocław Municipality, with the purpose of preparing legislative proposals concerning environmental-friendly solutions for implementation at regional and national level. One of the main tasks of this group is to look for solutions that could speed up the transition from lowest price criteria based contracts into green public procurement practices.








direct energy use (GWh/year)




CO 2 reduction target by 2020
(compared to 1990)



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bridges connect the city districts