Gijón: Primer Ayuntamiento de España con vehículos compartidos

La flota incluye ocho vehículos 100% eléctricos
Se ha presentado la flota de vehículos de uso compartido. El Ayuntameinto de Gijón es el primer ayuntamiento de España en utilizar este sistema de uso compartido de vehículos.
Anteriormente, el número de trabajadores que podía utilizar los coches se limitaba a aquellos que tenían acceso a sus llaves lo que impedía que el coche se compartiera con el resto de personal. Ahora el coche se utiliza por el personal que lo necesita y se convierte en un recurso municipal que se pone a disposición del conjunto de la organización municipal, triplicando el número de personas que pueden utilizarlo e incrementando los mecanismos de supervisión y seguimiento del uso.
Además la incorporación de vehículos eléctricos es, sin duda, un buen ejemplo de cómo una Administración Pública tiene que dar ejemplo del desarrollo sostenible.
Principales beneficios conseguidos durante los primeros meses de aplicación del nuevo sistema:

· Se ha ahorrado, respecto al anterior contrato, 441.480 € durante los 4 años de contrato

· Se han reducido en 7 vehículos la flota pasando de 61 a 54 vehículos contratados.

· Se han incorporado 8 vehículos 100% eléctricos

· Los vehículos de combustión cumplen con los niveles mínimos de emisiones y de consumo

El Ayuntamiento incorpora una flota de vehículos y un sistema de uso “sostenible” y así damos un paso más en el cumplimiento de nuestros compromisos: Austeridad, sostenibilidad y eficiencia en la gestión con el mantenimiento de los servicios municipales.
Lo que tratamos es hacer más con menos y por ello introducimos nuevas fórmulas innovadoras para la gestión de los recursos municipales y de las fórmulas de prestación de los servicios


Sustainable Urban Development: the Role of the Civil Society

This workshop is being organised as part of the EU-China Mayors’ Forum which is taking place in the context of the EU-China Urbanization Partnership. The Forum will take place  back-to-back with the 8th EU-China Summit to be held in Brussels on 20 September 2012. The aim of the EU-China Urbanization Partnership is to find solutions to the challenges of urbanisation. Europe is one of the most urbanized continents of the world with more than two thirds of the European population living in cities. China is still experiencing an unprecedented rate of urbanization that could well bring its urban population from the current 47, 5% to 60% of the total population by 2030. The focus of this first EU-China Urbanization Partnership meeting in Brussels is on sharing experiences and ideas on how to make urban development sustainable and socially inclusive.

The EESC is organising the workshop in order to highlight the role of civil society in urban development. Civil society’s commitment and involvement in urbanization projects is a prerequisite to their success. This event will present various, interesting experiences of civil society involvement in sustainable urbanization project from two different perspectives: 1. citizens’ action in support of greening cities; 2. initiatives by local authorities’ to involve civil society in urban development.

Ist Atlantic Forum on Sustainable Development

Last September 30th, Vigo City Council held a major conference on the diverse issues of the Sustainable development on the Atlantic Area. The session was opened by M. Abel Caballero, Vigo Mayor, who described the protection of the environment as a protection of the future. He insisted on the importance of networks such as the Spanish Network of Cities for Climate, and the aim for a “human” city, which is sustainable and attractive.
M. Parajó explained the enormous influence of transport on the climate and proposed a “walking city” that privileges non-polluting transport means feeded by renewable sources. Custom and opinion barriers should be removed. M. García explained how the electric vehicle system is implemented in Vigo city, with 100 charging points and a important fleet of vehicles that allow real car-sharing; progressing from the “stop-auto” to a real “mobile-auto”.
Enrique Roca, from the USC and Emérito Freire, INEGA, presented practical multi-criteria and multi-stage tools for enterprises to measure and, reduce carbon impact and even give value-added concerning eco-design. Biomass should be counted on as renewable source of energy.
Other sessions focused on the reliable resources to be implemented concerning ecological tagging (APROEMA) and observatories (BIC Galicia), as well as the installations of wind energy and the limits of the current economic system.
The session was closed by Ms. Rosa Leis (ADTERRA) and Tamara Guirao (CAAC) that introduced  the context of the Atlantic Arc Cities so as to present the short delivery chain managed by local authorities and the experiences of ANATOLE project as an appropiate scheme to ensure a more respectful market system concerning food supply.

Buying social: Guidelines for Public Procurement

Memorial Mosaic to the Homeless

Memorial Mosaic to the Homeless (Photo credit: caledonianpark)

A guide on taking account of social considerations in public procurement.
The new guide is a very concrete tool to help public authorities to buy goods and services in a socially responsible way in line with EU rules. It also highlights the contribution public procurement can make to stimulate greater social inclusion.
Public procurement represents 17% of the GDP of EU Member States. While preserving competition and transparency, it may be used in a way to steer the market in a more socially responsible direction and thus contribute more generally to sustainable development.

The guide will allow public purchasers to integrate with greater confidence social considerations in public procurement, while ensuring equal access to all European interested bidders and guaranteeing an efficient use of public money. The exercise is in line with the Europe 2020 Strategy and the EU goals for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
The document is illustrated by a number of practical examples covering a broad range of social issues, such as promoting equal chances and employment opportunities, improving labour conditions, social inclusion of vulnerable persons, such as disabled persons, compliance in substance with the provisions of the fundamental ILO conventions, etc.
The Commission also published today another guide to help helps public authorities, especially at local level, to provide high quality and efficient services in line with the EU rules.