Malmö City aims to be climate neutral by 2030 and has already worked with circular management of IT products for 10 years. Find out how!

Circularity is an enjoyable and exciting field because it demands a strong focus on our own consumption behaviors. So says Ulrika Svallingson, sustainability coordinator at Malmö City Council in southern Sweden. The city is aiming to be climate neutral by 2030 and has already worked with circular management of IT products for 10 years.

Ulrika started working at Malmö City Council’s procurement unit just over two years ago. She was appointed to the newly-created position of sustainability coordinator for social responsibility, which was introduced because the municipality wanted to get a comprehensive grasp of the social aspects of procurement and purchasing.

Malmö City Council has ambitious sustainability goals. Two years ago, the council decided that the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals should be reflected in local targets and form an integral part of local budget processes. The municipality works with Fairtrade City and participates in several local, national, and international networks related to sustainable development and the environment, including the EU’s Circular Public Procurement initiative that has participants from Sweden, Finland, Poland, Russia, Latvia, Denmark and the Netherlands.

Ulrika believes that circular issues are closely linked to both social and environmental sustainability, and that the municipality has considerable potential to make a real difference with its purchasing. The council works closely with its supplier, Atea, which provides sustainability expertise and solutions for the reuse of products. However, it is not enough to influence suppliers — to achieve circular management of purchased products, the municipality needs to focus on its own behaviors.

“Social and environmental aspects often go hand-in-hand and the circular mindset completes the picture.”

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