Sustainable procurement according to cradle-to-cradle principles

General Information

Municipality: Stadt Ludwigsburg

Country: Germany

Inhabitants: 91.738

Description of Measure and Categorization

Ludwigsburg has become the first municipality in Germany to introduce sustainable procurement according to Cradle-to-Cradle principles, which promotes the purchase and use of healthy, recyclable and climate-friendly products.

The idea that municipal procurement should also make an active contribution in Ludwigsburg forms a crucial element of the Climate and Energy Master Plan. Due to pollution in school buildings, problems with air quality as well as the latest findings on plastic waste in the oceans, focus is shifting increasingly to climate protection, material health and viability. For this reason, the city of Ludwigsburg bases its sustainable procurement on the principles of the Cradle-to-Cradle® design concept. Products should be designed in such a way that all materials used are healthy for both humans and nature and construction enables high-grade, high-quality reuse in new products.

Based on these principles, the city of Ludwigsburg has compiled a list of criteria for sustainable procurement that take into account material health and viability, greenhouse gas emissions during production and operation of the products, effects on the water supply, as well as social criteria for order execution. Only products that fulfil these criteria should be purchased in the long-term. In event of insufficient market supply, preference is given to the most sustainable alternative.

Initial experiences have now already been made in procurement and savings in energy and CO2 emissions have been realised.

Area: Internal Organisation


The project started with an in-house project group, supported by external expert advice and representatives of Cradle-to-Cradle e.V. After the resulting service instruction came into effect, a target group-oriented communication and training program for the administrative staff was established and a central responsible body for sustainable procurement was set up.


Contact Person:
Patrick Scholz Tel.: 07141-910-3616 oder

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