The Welsh Government is making it easier for businesses to win public sector contracts through the establishment of a supplier feedback service. The service is designed for businesses to be able to ask questions and provide input on procurement service and delivery, making the procurement process more transparent.
The service is designed to improve communication between the Welsh government and various suppliers regardless of their location or size. The country’s finance and business minister Jane Hutt launched the service, saying: “I want to ensure that public sector procurement in Wales is being carried out in a fair, open and consistent manner and is in line with our Welsh procurement policy.”
The revised Welsh Procurement Policy Statement, which was initially introduced in December 2012, outlines the procurement practices expected of public sector organisations. The system is considered a good model for market engagement, and could be replicated in other nations. The UK Government gave the Welsh Government the power to regulate procurement matters on 14 August 2015.
For more information, visit Supply Management.
PIANOo, the body responsible for working with procurers in The Netherlands, is organising a market dialogue for bio-based disposable care items, such as products used in hospitals, and catering on 19 April 2016 at the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam (The Netherlands). The meeting is open to all interested parties, including producers of bio-based materials and products, potential suppliers, waste processors, buyers, and researchers.
The purpose of the market dialogue is to increase the market knowledge of procurement practitioners and to improve suppliers’ understanding of procurers’ needs and constraints when purchasing bio-based disposable care items and catering services. The market dialogue will help to prepare a successful tender that includes functional requirements.
The language of the event will be Dutch. Suppliers not currently producing bio-based products are invited to attend to find out more about the field. Bio-based products and services can contribute positively to green growth and sustainability, innovation, and employment, and have the potential to reduce dependency on fossil fuels.
To register for the event, visit the PIANOo website.
Cities participating in the CEPPI project have undertaken a Public Procurement of Innovation Gap Analysis to assess their capacity to engage in public procurement of innovation (PPI) activities. Birmingham (UK), Budapest (Hungary), Castelló and Valencia (Spain), and Wrocław (Poland) were assessed in terms of their PPI skills; the procurement process they currently use; their environmental, energy and innovation policy framework; and their public sector network, which could potentially represent a wider market.
The analysis encouraged the cities to consider their strengths and weaknesses, as well as to set a baseline against which to review PPI progress throughout the project. As well as analysing where they currently stand, the assessment also gave an outline of the city’s potential to improve.
The CEPPI project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, intends to build the cities’ capacity in the fields of PPI and sustainable public procurement (SPP), helping them to achieve greater energy efficiency and cost savings. It also empowers the cities to use PPI and SPP to positively influence their societies.
For more information, read the CEPPI newsletter.
One of the key changes contained within the new EU public procurement directives is the inclusion of e-procurement as a means to make procurement more transparent and streamlined. Central purchasing bodies within EU Member States are expected to move to full electronic means of communication including electronic bid submission by April 2017. It is expected that e-submission will be mandatory across the EU by October 2018.
E-procurement is already being used to improve the sustainability of procurement processes. The Flemish Government is using e-procurement applications to monitor their goal of achieving 100 percent SPP by 2020, while in Rome (Italy) the city has introduced an innovative GPP monitoring system linked to a public procurement electronic information system.
It is foreseen that integrating GPP into e-procurement will add to GPP knowledge and training and help to ensure compliance with green criteria. It will also improve visibility through monitoring and reporting of green outcomes and impacts.
For more information, read the lead article in the March GPP News Alert.
Smart power has the potential to save consumers up to £8 billion a year by 2030 according to a new report by the UK's National Infrastructure Commission. The report states that greater innovation in storage technology and better interconnections with green power sources is needed to make up for the fall in overall energy output in the next decades. The NIC also suggests importing power from Norway and Iceland, countries that can produce large amounts of green energy cheaply.
Financial incentives should be provided by the government to stimulate breakthroughs in storage technologies, a technological field that is making great progress, the report recommends. The procurement of ancillary services for the national grid is also called on to be carried out more transparently and strategically.
Smart technology, such as appliances that automatically turn on when cheap energy is available, such as outside of peak hours or when energy sources are over-performing (for example, a particularly windy day boosting the production of wind-farm energy), also have a role to play in saving consumers money and reducing emissions, says the report.
For more information, visit cips.org.
Registration is open for the upcoming PPI4Waste State of the Art workshop on innovative waste management solutions, taking place on 26 April in Bilbao (Basque Country, Spain). The event aims to promote international cooperation in the waste management sector, and will highlight the most critical challenges in the field.
A particular focus will be placed on the areas of plastic separation, bio-waste collection, bulky waste management, and decision support systems and organisational infrastructure. As well as hearing from expert procurers from across Europe, participants will also get a chance to discuss the market response to needs with prominent suppliers. The event will run from 14.00 until 19.30 and will end up with an opportunity to network.
Participation in the event is free of charge, but early registration is required as places are limited. The event is organised by ICLEI in cooperation with the members of the EU Consortium for the PPI4Waste project.
To view the programme and to register, click here.
The European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme is making €130 million in funding available for pre-commercial procurement (PCP) and public procurement of innovation (PPI) projects. The funding will be available in the areas of research infrastructures, ICT, health, security, energy, transport, space, and climate change and environment. The deadline for submitting a proposal to the open call is 12 April 2016.
90 percent of the coordination and procurements costs for PCP activities in any domain of public interest that requires ICT based solutions will be financed. The call is targeted at procurers from different countries that are facing similar challenges and wish to undertake a PCP together. A list of potential partners in the form of key ICT procurers within EU Member States is available on the eafip website.
The funding rate for PPI activities is at 35 percent. PPI works to make public services more dynamic through employing innovative solutions, while PCP focuses on the development and testing of innovative solutions from the ground up. Further details of how to access EU funding for innovative procurement are available on the Europa website.
For more information, visit ec.europa.eu
The City of Valencia (Spain) has been selected as a finalist for the CNIS Awards in the category of “most innovative European project” thanks to its participation in the CEPPI project. Over 80 projects were submitted to the 6th edition of the awards. The Award Ceremony will be held in the Spanish capital of Madrid later today.
The CNIS Awards (Congreso Nacional de Innovación y Servicios Públicos, National Congress of Innovation and Public Services) recognises the actions of Spanish public authorities to transform their institutions and cities by implementing innovative solutions and introducing new technologies. The CEPPI project, which runs for 3-years and is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, intends to build partner cities’ capacity in the fields of public procurement of innovation (PPI) and sustainable public procurement (SPP).
Representatives from national, regional and local administrations will take part in the Award Ceremony. Other categories that are considered include “Best innovation plan”, “Best training action in innovation”, “Best smart cities project”, and “Best public procurement of innovation initiative”.
For more information, visit the CNIS Awards website [in Spanish].
A two-year study on a new web-based decision-making tool that aims to improve the sustainability of supply chains for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) has shown positive results, with the tool making it easier to calculate the overall lifecycle carbon footprints of products and compare it against averages for the sector. The tool was developed by the PrESS (promoting environmentally sustainable SMEs) project, which involves partners from Greece, Italy, Poland and the United Kingdom.
Through using the tool, companies can identify greenhouse gas emission hotspots within the supply chain. The tool was developed to be affordable to SMEs, enabling them to more easily reduce carbon emissions. Universities in Hull, Sheffield, and York (UK) developed the online programme, named SCEnAT (Supply Chain Environmental Analysis Tool).
As well as building up a library of data based on company input, the tool can also offer suggested interventions that companies can take to reduce their emissions. As such, the tool is said to help companies continually improve. The PrESS project received €700,500 from the EU's Lifelong Learning Programme to help build the tool.
For more information, visit ec.europa.eu