“When we first started speaking to the IT departments, they said their only objective was to get IT equipment for employees so that they could do their jobs. They use 2.5 percent of the total procurement budget and they had not included sustainability in their demands,” says Birgitte Krebs Schleemann, project manager for sustainability procurement at the City of Aalborg.
She is working to implement circular procurement practices at the municipality and has cooperated with IT staff and management to incorporate circular and sustainable elements into processes and daily habits.
The City of Aalborg has seven different political departments — all with their own IT departments. This made the change process more extensive and complex. The first step Birgitte took was to interview all the municipality’s IT teams to understand their daily business and priorities.
“I visited the seven departments, asking a series of questions. How do they buy equipment? How often are laptops replaced? Do they repair products and how do they dispose of products that no one is using anymore?”