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 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.
The InnProBio project has launched a "Frequently Asked Questions" resource on its website as part of the development of the project's Decision Support Tool. Aimed at answering questions frequently traded between procurers and other public servants on bio-based product categories, the resource also seeks to increase the purchasing of bio-based products.
What are bio-based products and services? Why is it called procurement of innovative bio-based products and services? Why should bio-based products be promoted or preferred through public procurement? What are the advantages of bio-based products for users/consumers compared to traditional products? These are some of the issues dealt with in detail on the FAQ resource.
InnProBio, the Forum for Bio-Based Innovation in Public Procurement, aims to develop a community of public procurement practitioners interested in innovative bio-based products and services.
For more information and to use the FAQ resource, visit the InnProBio website.
UrbanWINS, an EU-funded project aiming at developing and testing methods for designing and implementing eco-innovative strategic plans for waste prevention, has launched its “UrbanWINS agora”, a participative virtual community to share knowledge and discuss ideas on the topics of waste, resources and procurement of innovation.
The UrbanWINS agoras facilitate citizen and other stakeholder feedback into the project, as well as encourage and promote brainstorming among participants, co-creation of the solutions, and a shift towards more sustainable consumption and production patterns.
The project team has also developed a video to present UrbanWINS, its approach and goals so that all potential stakeholders can learn more about the urban metabolism model and the different possibilities to engage with the project through the participatory mechanisms.
For more information and to access the agora, visit the UrbanWINS website.
The CEPPI project, involving Birmingham (UK), Budapest (Hungary), Castelló & Valencia (Spain) and Wrocław (Poland) has released its March 2017 newsletter. The 3-year project aims to save at least 33GWh/year and to develop the capacity of public authorities to implement innovation procurement solutions for energy-related projects.
This edition features the refurbishment of a Valencia fire-station building constructed in the 1970s, currently underway following a memorandum of understanding between InnDEA Valencia, partner in the project, and the fire station staff.
The newsletter also includes a reflection on the first half of the project, a focus on Budapest's PPI profile and the CEPPI Interim Case Study Report . The Report gives an overview of the situation of the cities, presents the activities planned and the barriers encountered, outlines the key learning so far and describes the future actions.
For more information and to view the full newsletter, visit the CEPPI website.
The European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA) has launched a consultation on innovative digital solutions for active and health ageing. Targeted at organisations involved in the implementation and delivery of large-scale PPI solutions focused on older people, the consultation aims to identify potential PPIs between 2017 and 2020 and contribute to EIP on AHA's Policy Dashboard.
EIP on AHA provide comprehensive resources on their Innovation Procurement Platform website for procurers and providers engaged in healthy and active ageing initiatives. This includes a resource centre of toolkits and models of PCP and PPI initiatives in the ageing field, as well as guidance and case studies of value and outcome based procurement projects.
An online questionnaire is available via the ECH Alliance website for stakeholder comment by 10 April, relating to the development of a healthy ageing "blueprint", a living document containing a shared vision on how innovation enabled by a Digital Single Market can transform health and care provision and contribute to the European Silver Economy.
For more information, visit the EIP on AHA website.
The InnProBio consortium is organising a workshop and a market dialogue on public procurement of bio-based products and services targeting public procurers and suppliers. The event will take place on April 25th, in Bonn, Germany.
The goal of the workshop is to explore what the steps of public tendering and public procurement of bio-based products and services are. The InnProBio team will share case studies, tools and criteria used in public tenders to start the discussion and learn from previous experiences. The market dialogue aims at identifying barriers in the procurement of bio-based products and services. Product suppliers and public procurers will be encouraged to talk about their needs, demands and possibilities. Public authorities will gain a better understanding of the market and the solutions available, whereas the suppliers will get to know what criteria and requirements are important to the procurers.
The language for both sessions will be German. The event is free of charge and registration is mandatory.
For further information and to register, visit the InnProBio website.
The Dutch city of Almere is holding its Upcycle City competition, aiming to develop local circular economy initiatives through a PPI competition. Using a 'best price-quality ratio' award criteria, the local authority has issued a tender for project ideas which can be implemented by the city to create products from the city's waste.
The tendering process is being implemented via the Dutch e-procurement platform TenderNed. A total of €1,000,000 is available to fund winning proposals, selected by a jury, at a co-financing rate of 1:3. Funding is in place for the chosen initiatives until 2019.
Upcycle City forms part of Almere's efforts towards becoming a waste-free city by 2020, and to become an internationally recognised 'living lab' for circular economy initiatives. The competition is already underway with the initial project proposals being considered as part of a two-part procurement process. Post-tender negotiations with the winners and development of contracts will follow later this year.
For more information, visit Almere's Upcycle City website.
The SPP Regions project has released its State of the Art report on market engagement, aimed at guiding public procurers in engaging with suppliers in the context of procurement projects where input from the market can improve procurement outcomes.
The report contains practical advice and guidance, using examples of successful processes and actions to demonstrate how market engagement works, including the risks, resources required and first steps for public authorities.
Detailing the various points in the procurement process that procurers can engage with the market, the State of the Art report provides examples of formats for engaging with suppliers. These include 'meet the buyer' events, supplier information days and other networking and briefing events with illustrative case studies from across Europe. The report also points to how sustainability objectives can be achieved through the market engagement process.
For more information and to download the report, visit the SPP Regions website.