Policy Solution

Heat-sensitive contracting and procurement

Lead by Example

Overview:

Summary: Government procurement policies usually favor the lowest-cost option leaving little room to consider life-cycle, efficiency, and other co-benefits. Adopting sustainable procurement and contracting practices can help governments make decisions that promote sustainable urban cooling.

Implementation: Consider procurement decisions that are supported by the lowest life-cycle cost analysis and their cooling benefits. Require bidders for City contracts to disclose how they will seek to mitigate their impacts on urban heat.

Considerations for Use: Changing internal government procurement processes is typically easier than changing private sector regulations. It is important to train staff on the importance of sustainable procurement.

  • Policy Levers: The mechanism municipalities can use to actualize the intervention. These policy levers will likely be used in combination with each other.

    Lead by ExampleGovernments have ownership and jurisdiction over a range of assets (e.g. buildings and streets) and also serve as a direct employer, and contractor. This allows them to promote heat risk reduction and preparedness solutions and demonstrate their impact through leading by example with proactive interventions to make their assets, employment opportunities, and contracts heat-resilient.
  • Trigger Points: Opportunities for municipalities to implement risk reduction and preparedness interventions based on the policy lever, building on the United Nations Environment Programme triggers used in the Beating the Heat handbook (2021).

    City planning processesIncludes city initiatives such as the development of climate action plan, pathway to zero-energy, master plan, transit plan, energy mapping etc.
    No-regrets actions (low cost/low effort but substantial benefit)Interventions that are relatively low-cost and low effort (in terms of requisite dependencies) but have substantial environmental and/or social benefits.
  • Intervention Type:
    Planning/Policy
  • Sectors:
    City Administration,

    Impact:

  • Target Beneficiaries:
    Business owners; Residents
  • Phase of Impact:
    Risk reduction and mitigation
  • Metrics:
    Number of sustainable procurement contracts/year

Implementation:

  • Intervention Scale:
    City
  • Authority and Governance:
    City government
  • Implementation Timeline:
    Short-term (1-2 Years)
  • Implementation Stakeholders:
    Array
  • Funding Sources:
    Public investment
  • Capacity to Act:
    High

    Benefits:

  • Cost-Benefit:
    Low
  • Public Good:
    N/A
  • GHG Reduction:
    N/A
  • Co-benefits (Climate/Environmental):
    N/A
  • Co-benefits (Social):
    N/A