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30 June 2016

Global Procurement Awards launched

The inaugural Global Procurement Awards (GPAs) were launched on 20 June, created to recognise and celebrate those committed to excellence in the procurement profession. The awards will be open to procurement professionals and teams around the globe. Nominations will run from 20 June to 12 August. Nominees can be self nominated or nominated by others.

Established by Procurify, a private sector procurement platform based in Canada, award categories include “Procurement Professional of the Year”, “Top Team”, “TechnologyTitan”, “Sustainability Superstar”, “Operations Optimizer”, and “People’s Choice”. A panel of judges selects winners for all categories except for “People’s Choice”, which is based on public votes.

Aman Mann, cofounder and CEO of Procurify said: “Procurify recognises the importance of innovation and excellence in procurement and is committed to acknowledge those organisations and individuals showing leadership and dedication, driving it forward, impacting their teams, organisations, communities and the world at large.”

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28 June 2016

20 years of sustainable & innovation procurement at ICLEI outlined in PSS Magazine

ICLEI's work on sustainable and innovation procurement over the past 20 years has been profiled in PSS Magazine, exploring the city association’s past initiatives in the field and looking at ICLEI's plans to strengthen its network of engaged stakeholders as a means to push forward sustainable and innovation procurement.

The article was written by procurement expert and member of ICLEI's Sustainable Economy and Procurement team Dr. John Watt. John specialises in sustainable procurement in the public sector and is closely involved in the Procura+ Network, which counts more than 40 European public authorities and regions dedicated to exchanging on sustainable and innovative procurement, and the Global Lead Cities Network (GLCN) on SP.

The GLCN on SP is a group of 12 cities committed to drive a transition to sustainable consumption and production by implementing sustainable and innovation procurement. As part of ICLEI’s 20 year celebrations the hashtag #SPPecialists has been launched on Twitter. All those involved in sustainable and innovation procurement activities are encouraged to join the conversation by using this hashtag.

To read the article, click here (pg. 21)


23 June 2016

Eafip event to present outcomes of European PPI and PCP initiatives

Procurers, policy makers, procurement law firms and businesses are invited to learn more about the most recent outcomes from major pre-commercial procurement (PCP) and public procurement of innovation (PPI) initiatives across Europe by attending the second major eafip event in Athens (Greece) from 18 - 19 October 2016.

The event, organised by the Greek National Centre for Public Admnistration and Local Government (EKDDA), will encourage networking between stakeholders, providing a space to discuss best practice, new ideas and funding opportunities. The event is free of charge but early registration is required.

The EU-funded eafip project supports public authorities to carry out better innovation procurement of ICT-based solutions across the EU. As well as promoting the benefits of procurement of innovation, the initiative also provides training to public procurers. The event is organised in cooperation with the Greek Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism.

For more information, download the provisional event programme.


21 June 2016

Glasgow’s new centre of innovation expected to boost economy

A newly opened centre of innovation in Glasgow (United Kingdom) – The Tontine – is expected by city officials to inject £53.6 million into the economy of the Glasgow city region. The Tontine building is intended to support innovative industries that will bring future economic growth, and by doing so will encourage public procurement of innovation among nearby local authorities. The centre will support and sustain the development of high-growth companies in the technology, advanced design and manufacturing, and creative economy sectors.

There are three parts to the Tontine: the Centre for Civic Innovation, where innovation through collaboration between the public sector and private enterprise (particularly small and medium sized businesses) will be explored; the Open Innovation Pilot Programme, where best practice on the development and commercialisation of innovative technology will be shared and developed; and DEMOLA, an international platform for the co-creation of new products or services.

Councillor Mark Macmillan, Leader of Renfrewshire Council, said: “The Tontine is a great example of innovation supporting enterprise. This great building with its tremendous architectural legacy has been creatively restored as an inspiring business environment.”

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16 June 2016

PAPIRUS guide on implementing public procurement of innovation published

A guide to implementing public procurement of innovation (PPI) has been published by the EU-funded PAPIRUS project, providing a basic introduction to the topic as well as recommendations based on the experience of the PAPIRUS project partners. The document gives both a theoretical description of PPI and practical tips which can be directly applied.

Demonstration cases from Italy, Germany, Norway and Spain are included in the document, providing real-life examples of PPI in practice. The guide also looks at organising and planning for PPI in advance, conducting a dialogue with the market, implementing tenders, carrying out an evaluation, and more. The guide is currently available in English and Spanish and will soon be translated into Italian and German.

The PAPIRUS project aims to promote, implement and validate innovative solutions that help European cities to embrace sustainable construction. One of the project goals is the introduction of a new public procurement process focused on providing nearly zero energy materials for the repair and construction of buildings.

To view the guide, download it in English or in Spanish.


14 June 2016

Cities encouraged to join European Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition

Public authorities in Europe use enormous amounts of timber-based products, whether in the construction of infrastructure such as buildings and bridges, or for furniture and office-equipment needs. Through increasing the demand for sustainable and innovative products, and in particular products based on timber, public procurers have the power to stimulate green growth and to ensure that timber products are resilient to future challenges. To help bring this message to cities, ICLEI has partnered with the European Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition (STTC), a Netherlands-based initiative for sustainable trade and responsible forest management.

The STTC is a broad alliance of industry, business, local and regional governments and NGOs working in close partnership with the European Timber Trade Federation to increase European demand for sustainably sourced tropical timber. Through joining the coalition, cities can benefit from expert support and networking opportunities with like-minded purchasers. They will also have access to tens of thousands of Euros of funding to implement sustainable and innovative sourcing strategies and to enhance sustainable procurement of tropical timber.

Purchasing responsibly sourced tropical timber is one of the best ways for European governments to combat deforestation and to prevent the clearing of the world’s most important rainforests. The sustainable management of tropical forests provides significant employment opportunities and economic benefits to local communities in developing countries, lifting many people out of poverty. It also contributes to preserving unique biodiversity, such as endangered animal and plant species. To ensure that timber producing countries embrace sustainable practices, it is crucial that consumer countries demonstrate that there is a viable, long-term demand by making responsibly sourced timber the market norm.

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9 June 2016

Organisations in Brussels invited to take part in bio-economy workshop

Public organisations, research centres, universities, SMEs and industries based in Brussels (Belgium) are invited to take part in a workshop focused on opportunities for organisations in the bio-based industry. The event will provide an overview of regional activities linked to bio-based production and the circular economy.

The event will take place on 22 June (1.30 to 4.30pm) and is organised by NCP Brussels and in collaboration with Enterprise Europe Brussels and the Joint Undertaking on Bio-based Industries. Although it is a free event, registration is required and can be completed until Monday 13 June.

More information on procurement in Belgium is contained in the document "Towards a Belgian and Regional Strategy for the Biobased Economy". The document takes stock of the situation in the country and proposes a framework for Belgian policymakers to enhance the bio-economy. The document also looks at the situation in other countries and regions in Europe, including good practices and benchmarks from Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, France and Italy.

For more information, click here.


8 June 2016

Water PiPP webinars to cover procurement of innovation

The EU-funded Water PiPP project is inviting public procurers, local authority employees and other stakeholders in the field of water management to take part in a webinar on innovation-oriented public procurement in the water sector. The webinars will be held from 13 – 17 June 2016 in four languages: Italian, English, Spanish and French.

Participation in the webinars is free of charge and especially recommended for public procurers who would like to purchase innovative water technologies or services. The webinar will lead participants through a step-by-step approach to innovation-oriented procurement and will also provide space for participants to share their own experiences.

The webinars will be held on the following dates: Monday, 13.06.2016 from 10.00 to 11.30 in Italian; Tuesday, 14 June from 10.00 to 11.30 in English; Wednesday, 15.06.2016 from 10.00 to 11.30: in Spanish; and Friday, 17 June from 10.00 to 11.30 in French. To join the Water Innovation Procurement Group – a virtual meeting point for public procurers in the water sector - please register for the Procurement Forum.

For more information on the webinars and the Water PiPP project, contact


2 June 2016

Procura+ Awards invites applications from public procurers

The Procura+ Awards recognise successful sustainable and innovative public procurements that lead to the improvement of public goods, services, processes, and infrastructure. Public procurers are invited to apply for the awards until 9 September 2016. To be recognised, the procured solutions must have a strong potential for replication and should be an excellent showcase for using sustainable and innovative procurement instruments.

The awards are separated into three categories: 'Sustainable Procurement of the Year' recognises the outstanding environmental, social and economic impacts of the procurement; 'Innovation Procurement of the Year' acknowledges an impressive procurement of innovation and the public authority as a launch customer; and 'Tender Procedure of the Year' rewards procurers that took an exceptional approach to sustainable and innovation procurement.

Winners will receive free entry and a presentation at the next EcoProcura conference, a case study on the SP Platform and PPI Platform, publicity in a variety of ICLEI publications, a trophy and the title 'Best sustainable procurement/innovation procurement/tender procedure of 2016', one year free participation in the Procura+ Network, and the right to use the Procura+ Award logo in their email signature.

For more information and to apply, visit