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26 June 2017

Urban metabolism webinar targets city procurers and waste experts

The UrbanWINS project is hosting a webinar for local authorities, procurers and waste experts exploring the concept of urban metabolism, a circular economy approach to waste prevention and management. The webinar will focus on how urban metabolism can lead to a circular economy and increased sustainability for cities through strategic procurement and the use of innovative business models.

Leonardo Rosado, assistant professor at the University of Chalmers, Sweden, will present the urban metabolism approach and how the pilot cities taking part in UrbanWINS will use the results of the analysis. Line Brogaard, from the City of Copenhagen, will introduce the Urban Waste project and show how the city is using urban metabolism for tourism and waste management. Estela Grana from ICLEI Europe will give a sustainable procurement analysis of urban metabolism, and Paul Mul, sustainability consultant at Royal HaskoningDHV, will show the links between urban metabolism and circular cities.

The webinar will take place on 5 July, from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm (CEST).

For more information and to register, contact urbanwins@iclei.org or visit the GoToMeeting web-conferencing registration page.

 

16 June 2017

BuyZET present at Brussels transport procurement workshop

Zero-emission mobility project BuyZET hosted a session at an eafip workshop for public procurers in the transport sector in Brussels on 16 June. The BuyZET project focuses on achieving zero emission urban delivery of goods and services through innovative procurement approaches in city networks.

The event highlighted the benefits of innovation procurement of ICT solutions through Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) and Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI) approaches across Europe, with a particular focus on transport and mobility. Within the BuyZET session, ICLEI presented PPI experiences in the city of Rotterdam as project coordinator.

ICLEI's presentation also referred to the project’s recent recruitment drive for Observer Cities. Members of the BuyZET Observer City Group will be supported in applying the methodologies of the project, participating in expert meetings, engaging in peer review process on each city’s activities and establishing Buyers' Groups. Project funding is available to support the Observer Cities' activities and exchanges.

For more information and to download the agenda and presentations, visit the eafip website.

 

13 June 2017

GPP networking group launched at Catalan eco-innovation event

The Catalan Green Public Procurement Networking Group was launched last month by the Catalan Government to promote more responsible and strategic procurement practices in the region. Announced during the third capacity-building event on Sustainable and eco-Innovative Public Procurement, the networking group will encourage coordination, exchange and collective action involving leading authorities to promote and implement green public procurement in Catalonia.

Sustainable and innovative procurement practice was presented at the event on 18 May by six public authorities, including the Catalan Government, Barcelona City Council, municipalities of Barcelona region, the Catalan Association of Towns and Counties, the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and the Catalan Institute for Energy. Examples of recent experiences included sustainability criteria, market engagement and introducing circular procurement across lighting, biomass, electric vehicles and other product categories.

Eco-innovative approaches to a range of services were also discussed, including security, cleaning and communications.

For more information about the Catalan Green Public Procurement Networking Group, contact Bettina Schaefer.

 

9 June 2017

New EU GPP criteria for textiles issued

The European Commission has published new GPP criteria for textiles products and services, updating criteria issued in 2012. The new criteria, which will be translated into all official languages in the coming months, are aimed at significantly reducing the environmental impact of textiles, and primarily address identified public spend categories in uniforms for military, health and emergency services.

Two sets of criteria are provided - core and comprehensive - which include technical specifications, selection and award criteria, and contract performance clauses. Core criteria will address the ease of applicability and administration of GPP, while comprehensive criteria are aimed public authorities seeking to achieve further environmental and innovation procurement objectives.

The criteria are expected to impact a number of environmental aspects of textiles, including increasing the procurement of recyclable, non-hazardous, non-shrinking textiles products, as well as maintenance services which extend the lifetime of textile products.

For more information and to download the criteria, visit the EU GPP helpdesk website. A webinar introducing the new criteria will be held on 28 June. To register, visit the ICLEI web-conferencing website.

 

8 June 2017

Report on uptake of PPI approaches in the waste sector published

The PPI4Waste project has published a report on uptake of PPI approaches in the waste sector, based on lessons learned through the 3-year project's activities. The report highlights several recommendations for policy-makers on procurement of innovation in the waste sector, and explores the its application to specific areas such as bulky waste, plastic separation and bio-waste.

The PPI4Waste project involves eight partners and explores mechanisms to overcome barriers to public procurement of innovation in the waste sector. The project also produced training materials, established online communities and coordinated workshops for waste sector procurers.

Case studies from the Netherlands, Ireland, the UK and Italy demonstrate the project's activities and present examples of best practice. Policy recommendations include addressing approaches to market engagement and capacity building for public authorities, development of fora and local partnerships in waste and innovation procurement, and exploration of new business models and their relevance for the Circular Economy agenda.

For more information and to download the report, visit the PPI4Waste website.

 

1 June 2017

Procura+ network showcases award-winning procurements

Procura+ Award winners will share their experiences, tips and expert knowledge at an upcoming Procura+ webinar on 7 June from 14.30-16.00 (CEST). The webinar, entitled Award-winning procurements from the network, is aimed at local governments who may be eligible for the 2017 edition of the Procura+ Awards, which showcases sustainable and innovative procurement practices in European cities.

Copenhagen, Transport for London and the Dutch Ministry for Housing and Infrastructure will present their award winning procurement projects from 2016. The winning projects, which deal with sustainable sourcing of seasonal food, innovative lighting solutions for public transport and procurement approaches for sustainable infrastructure will be outlined and there will be an opportunity for participants to engage with representatives from each city.

Participants can join the webinar free of charge. The deadline for the submission of applications for the 2017 Procura+ Awards is 30 June.

For more information and to register, visit the ICLEI web conferencing website and the Procura+ website.

 

30 May 2017

PPI approaches in SPICE mobility project explored in webinar

Copenhagen's procurement of innovative street lighting will be highlighted in an upcoming webinar as part of the SPICE mobility innovation project on 8 June from 14:30 – 15:30 (CEST).

The webinar is aimed at public procurers such as national, regional and city administrators, road traffic operators, transport engineers and system suppliers, Universities and researchers. It will share good practice on the use of innovation procurement procedures such as Competitive Dialogue to procure Intelligent street lights and discuss the benefits and lessons learned in Copenhagen.

The SPICE project, which began in September 2016 and will last for two years, is designed to support purchasing actions for innovative transport and mobility solutions in urban centres. The project aims to facilitate dialogues between public procurers and industry and develop recommendations for use in public procurement procedures to further enable adoption of innovative and more sustainable technologies, including joint-cross-border procurement actions.

For more information, and to register for the webinar, visit the SPICE project website.

 

26 May 2017

Join online: Seminar on SPP and reducing hazardous materials

An international seminar aimed will be held from 30-31 May in Turku, Finland entitled Reduction of Hazardous Substances from urban sources – Strategies, tools and incentives for municipalities. The seminar, organised as part of the NonHazCity project will have a session on the use of public procurement at the municipal level to reduce the use of target substances in public premises.

ICLEI will present relevant examples from across its Procura+ network as to how cities can practically implement sustainable procurement, including criteria to reduce the use of hazardous products. Other speakers on the procurement session include NonHazCity project partners Turku and the Institute for Applied Ecosystem Research, Germany addressing the procurement challenges around hazardous substances and the effectiveness of ecolabels.

Examples from Finland, Austria and Denmark will be presented and the session will conclude with a discussion session. The seminar will be live streamed.

For more information, the full agenda and links for registration and joining the live stream visit the NonHazCity website.

 

22 May 2017

Bio-based procurement measures backed by cities and regions

The Committee of the Regions has urged the European Union to support cities and regions in increasing the contribution of bio-based industries to the economy, including through public procurement. Adopted at its plenary session in Brussels on 11 May, the opinion highlights the role the bio-economy could play in fostering independence from fossil fuels, and particularly how cities and regions as "biocommunities" and "bioregions" can be to the forefront of this strategy.

Identifying the EU's financial support of €3.85 billion to research and development in the bioeconomy, the Committee of the Regions agreed that additional market incentives, risk reduction and regulatory harmonisation are needed to assist the growth of the bio-based products sector. In particular, it proposes that innovation around the use of existing financial instruments would be required to boost investment in biotechnologies.

The opinion also recommends that Member States and EU cities and regions favour bio-based materials in their public procurement processes, which could help foster the shift from fossil fuels and towards carbon neutrality.

For more information, visit the Committee of the Regions website.

 

17 May 2017

Cities invited to join the BuyZET City Observer Group

New cities are invited to join the BuyZET project City Observer Group to gain access to useful resources and the project’s activities. The BuyZET project is a partnership of cities aiming to achieve zero emission urban delivery of goods and services through innovative procurement approaches.

The project encourages cities to join as Observer Cities alongside Brussels and Southampton already working closely with the project. By joining the EU-funded project, cities will get the chance to learn from other’s experiences in implementing zero emissions urban delivery of goods and services by engaging closely with the project.

Members of the BuyZET Observer City Group will get support in applying the methodologies of the project, participate in expert meetings, engage in peer review process on each city’s activities and join or form Buyers' Groups. Funding is available to support Observer City activities.

For more information, visit the BuyZET website. If you are interested in joining BuyZET as an Observer City, contact procurement@iclei.org