Zero-emission mobility project BuyZET will host a session at an upcoming 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 will highlight 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 will present PPI experiences in the city of Rotterdam as project coordinator.
ICLEI's presentation will also refer 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 register for the workshop, visit the eafip website.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The European Commission’s DG GROW will host a conference on Strategic Public Procurement in Paris on 2 June which aims to raise awareness among decision makers and the procurement community about the benefits of strategic procurement, with an emphasis on sustainability, social responsibility and innovation.
The draft programme includes opening speeches by Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD and Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, and addresses across two sessions the key policy and implementation challenges in strategic public procurement. Moderated panel discussions will consider both Political Ownership and Policies for Strategic Public Procurement, and latterly the importance of market consultation and designing reward criteria.
Prospective participants should complete the online registration form by 9 May to indicate their interest in attending the conference, which has limited spaces. Participation at the conference is free although costs for accommodation and travel will not be reimbursed.
For more information and to register, visit the DG GROW website.
A new factsheet published by the InnProBio project which focuses on how procurement of bio-based products and services fit into the circular economy has been published. The factsheet addresses the question: does encouraging the public procurement of bio-based products contribute to fostering a circular economy? The factsheet also serves as an introduction to the circular economy and circular procurement in broader terms.
The bioeconomy uses renewable resources (that is, biomass, such as plants, trees or animals) instead of fossil resources, and can provide products that contribute to the enhanced circularity of our current economic model. The factsheet gives special attention to bio-based plastics and recycling, exploring what end-of-life options are available for a variety of products.
It is the fourth in a series of factsheets published in the framework of the European InnProBio project which includes: ‘What are bio-based products?’, ‘Sustainability of bio-based products’, and ‘Biodegradability: Exposing some of the myths and facts’.
For more information and to download the factsheet, visit the InnProBio website.
Applicants are being sought for the Transformative Action Award, which rewards initiatives which address the goals of the Basque Declaration including the use of public procurement to create productive, sustainable and resilient cities.
Initiatives which involve a high level of innovation, for example in terms of social innovation and civic economy, that inspire others to replicate the action elsewhere in Europe are invited from local and regional authorities, and civil society organisations. Actions are preferably part of a local strategy or vision rather than standalone and must be in place for at least three months and less than 5 years at the time of application.
Transformative actions combine various pathways and address one or more agendas of the Basque Declaration. They should achieve a comprehensive transformation with a positive local or regional impact. Winners will be rewarded with free entry and a presentation at the next European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns taking place in 2019 and publicity through the Sustainable Cities Platform, ICLEI online platforms and publications and a promotional video. The deadline for applications is 18 June 2017.
For more information and to download an application form, visit the Sustainable Cities Platform.
The UrbanWINS project has issued a call for talented Citizen Bloggers to write about eco-innovative activities based in or around its 8 pilot cities: Cremona, Albano Laziale, Pomezia, Torino, Leiria, Bucharest, Manresa and Sabadell.
UrbanWINS is a three-year EU-funded project aimed at developing and implementing eco-innovative strategic plans for waste prevention and management that will boost urban environmental resilience and contribute to a shift towards more sustainable production and consumption patterns.
The purpose of the Citizen Bloggers initiative is to enable citizens to discover how eco-innovation happens locally, through attractive and accessible stories in the local language. Blogging tasks will be agreed with the respective pilot city, and can include e.g. interviewing local stakeholders, reporting from local meetings or contributing to the project’s online platform.
An honorarium is offered for selected bloggers, who must be based in or around one of the pilot cities, be good communicators in the local language and English, with a flair for the topics addressed within the UrbanWINS project. The deadline is 11 May 2017.
For more information and to apply, visit the UrbanWINS Citizen Bloggers page.
ICLEI has launched the 2017 Procura+ Awards, which reward sustainable and innovative public procurements leading to significant improvements of public good, services, process and infrastructure.
Procura+ Awards highlight sustainable and innovation procurements and tender procedures. The competition gives visibility to the most dynamic, forward-looking and innovative public authorities and their initiatives.
The 2016 edition of the Procura+ Awards saw the City of Copenhagen (Denmark), Transport for London (UK) and Rijkswaterstaat (Netherlands) win awards for Sustainable Procurement of the Year, Innovation Procurement of the Year and Tender Procedure of the Year, respectively.
The 2017 Procura+ Awards ceremony will be held at the Third Major eafip Event on Innovation Procurement in Tallinn, Estonia on 17 October. Winners will be featured in a variety of ICLEI publications and web platforms, and at the next EcoProcura conference.
For more information and to download an application form, visit the Procura+ website
The PPI4Waste project, which explores mechanisms to overcome barriers to public procurement of innovation in the waste sector, held a webinar on 29 March reflecting on some of the project’s pilot activities. The webinar, hosted by ICLEI and entitled "Experiences and insights in piloting PPI in the waste sector" is now available on ICLEI Europe’s YouTube channel.
The webinar’s programme included Fredric Norefjäll of the RI:SE Technical Research Institute of Sweden on "When to use PPI", setting out the ‘funnel’ from needs to engaging in a PPI action and the process of setting up the PPI action in the waste sector. Marijan Galovic from ESPER set out Zagreb's experience of piloting PPI initiatives in waste management, and Philippe Micheaux Naudet reflected on the activities of the PPI4Waste project in the context of current trends and topics in PPI, waste and resource efficiency.
The PPI4Waste project, which runs until June 2017, involves 8 partners and has held a variety of capacity-building, training and networking initiatives aimed increasing uptake of innovative waste solutions.
For more information visit the PPI4Waste website and the ICLEI Europe YouTube channel.
The European Commission's DG CONNECT has released an update version of its brochure "Innovation Procurement: The power of the public purse - EU-funded projects in the ICT domain."
The brochure features the results of the first EU-funded joint cross-border Pre-Commercial Procurements (PCPs) as well as a compilation of completed and ongoing PCP and PPI ICT projects under the sectors of Health, Transport, Energy, Water, Education, Public Administration and Safety.
The resource will be of value to public procurers and officials looking for ideas on how different societal challenges can be addressed using innovation procurement. The Commission regards PPI and PCP as dual strategies in a demand-side effort to capitalise on innovation while modernising and improving public services.
For more information and to download the brochure, visit the European Commission's DG CONNECT website.