Urban_WINS, a new European project funded by the EU's Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation and in which ICLEI is involved, will study how cities consume resources and products, and how they eliminate the waste produced. At the core of the work is developing and testing innovative plans and solutions aimed at improving waste prevention and management. These strategic plans will be tested in eight pilot cities in six European countries
The City of Cremona (Italy), a municipality which has been active in ICLEI’s Procura+ European Sustainable Procurement Network for over seven years, is coordinating the project and hosted the recent kick-off meeting. In his welcome speech, Cremona's mayor Gianluca Galimberti highlighted the approach that Urban_WINS will use to develop its research: understanding cities as living organisms. Mr Galimberti also remarked the impact this project can have by turning problems into opportunities and by raising awareness on the fact that choices we make today when consuming resources can be crucial for our future.
Active participation from citizens, governments, organisations, research institutes and education centres is foreseen through physical meetings and agoras in the eight pilot cities. A total of 27 partners are part of an interdisciplinary consortium that will work on Urban_WINS for the next three years.
European companies are invited to take part in a one day workshop that will introduce them to empattics, an EU-funded project that aims to use pre-commercial procurement (PCP) to find solutions that will improve the lives of those suffering with a chronic disease. The project intends to enhance self-management for people with diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or cardiac insufficiency through innovative ICT tools.
The workshops will take place in four European locations in September and October. At the workshops, companies will learn more about the project’s work on identifying unmet patients’ needs and health challenges, and the PCP approach favoured by the project. Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with others in the field.
Companies can be of any size and from a wide variety of backgrounds, such as those involved in healthcare and digital health, patient and user empowerment, and security and interoperability. Public procurers, clinicians and patient organisations are also welcome to join the dialogue. The workshops are free, but registration is required.
For more information, visit empattics.eu
The European Commission will hold the fifth annual conference on innovative public procurement in Berlin (Germany) on 26 October 2016 to discuss how public procurement can strategically boost innovation in the EU and thereby enhance competitiveness and growth. The new procurement directives reflect the need to use procurement as a means to meet diverse policy objectives, and to harness public demand as a driving force to develop new products and services.
Reform of public procurement processes to make them leaner, simpler and more user-friendly is also on the conference agenda. This discussion will look at how the implementation of the new procurement directives can be used as an opportunity to reorganise public procurement in Member States and provide better value for money.
The conference programme will run from 9.00 to 17.00. Those who wish to attend this free event must express their interest by 25 September 2016 by filling out the online registration form. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided between English and German.
For more information, visit ec.europa.eu
Businesses in the UK can apply for a share of £19 million in funding to test new infrastructure technologies in real-world conditions. The funding is being provided by Innovate UK, the UK government's innovation agency. The aim of the competition is to find technologies that are market ready, as well as determining those that require further development.
Through the testing, the technology should prove that it delivers the expected outcome and has a viable business case. The competition will be in two phases. Projects pursued under the 'funded study' phase will last for up to three months and are eligible for a total of £50,000.
Projects under the 'testing the innovation in a commercial environment phases' can receive between £250,000 and £5 million and must be deployed within one year. At least one SME must be involved in all projects. Applications will be received until 31 August 2016, with online registration required by noon on 24 August 2016.
For more information, visit gov.uk
Public procurers can avail of free support to prepare a pre-commercial procurement (PCP) or public procurement of innovation (PPI) by contacting the EU-funded eafip project by 17 November 2016. The project will assist six procurers, providing them with hands-on and tailored advice and support. All public procurers from EU Member States are eligible to apply.
Procurers will be chosen to receive the assistance based on four criteria: their concrete interest and commitment in starting a PCP/PPI and whether their business case justifies the investment in the innovation procurement, the potential impact of the procurement, geographic balance, and the level of experience and existence of prior PCP/PPI cases within the country in question.
The successful applicants will receive help with preparing and conducting an EU-wide open market consultation, drafting tendering documents, launching a call for tender, answering questions from potential tenderers, and agreeing on contracts with the selected vendors.
For more information, visit eafip.eu/assistance
UK businesses are invited to apply for up to £10 million in funding to develop innovative ideas to improve the healthcare sector. Innovate UK, the UK government’s innovation agency, is looking for ideas for technologies that will help with disease prevention and the management of health and chronic conditions, improve detection and diagnosis of disease, and provide tailored treatments, particularly those that offer potential cures.
The competition has two awards, with "early-stage awards" going to projects that intend to test a well-developed concept and show its effectiveness, and "feasibility studies" that explore and test the commercial potential of early-stage ideas.
Early-stage awards can range in funding size from £200,000 to £1.5 million and should last two years. Feasibility studies can cost up to £200,000 and should last between three months and one year. Applications must be submitted before noon on 14 September 2016 (registration should be completed by 7 September) and an SME must lead each of the projects.
For more information, visit gov.uk
Urban_WINS, a new European project funded by the EU's Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation and in which ICLEI is involved, will study how cities consume resources and products, and how they eliminate the waste produced. At the core of the work is developing and testing innovative plans and solutions aimed at improving waste prevention and management. These strategic plans will be tested in eight pilot cities in six European countries.
The City of Cremona (Italy), a municipality which has been active in ICLEI’s Procura+ European Sustainable Procurement Network for over seven years, is coordinating the project and hosted the recent kick-off meeting. In his welcome speech, Cremona's mayor Gianluca Galimberti highlighted the approach that Urban_WINS will use to develop its research: understanding cities as living organisms. Mr Galimberti also remarked on the impact this project can have by turning problems into opportunities and by raising awareness on the fact that choices we make today when consuming resources can be crucial for our future.
Active participation from citizens, governments, organisations, research institutes and education centres is foreseen through physical meetings and assemblies in the eight pilot cities. A total of 27 partners are part of an interdisciplinary consortium that will work on Urban_WINS for the next three years.
Participants of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement will convene in Seoul (South Korea) to hold their 2nd Annual Summit. The gathering will take place as part of the Seoul Mayors Forum on Climate Change (1-2 September 2016), which will focus on two key developments: the Compact of Mayors and its relevance to the Paris Agreement, and the New Urban Agenda to be adopted at Habitat III.
The GLCN on SP Summit will demonstrate how sustainable public procurement is a key tool for local and regional governments to achieve environmental, economic and social benefits. It will serve as an inspirational session for other Mayors and cities attending the Forum to consider the power of sustainable procurement. The GLCN cities will present their SP commitments and actions, and encourage others to replicate strategies and policies.
The inclusion of the GLCN on SP Summit within the Forum showcases the positive impact of sustainable procurement in achieving the 17 Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs), including aims such as sustainable cities and communities, and sustainable consumption and production. The Forum is organised by Seoul Metropolitan Government, chair of the GLCN on SP, in collaboration with ICLEI. The attendance to the Forum is by invitation only.
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The City of Castelló (Spain) has issued a tender to procure energy efficient printing, scanning and photocopying leasing, supplies and maintenance which include specific criteria based on the recommendations from the CEPPI project.
Suppliers bidding for this tender will need to include a description of the recycling system of the toner, specify the typical electricity consumption of the different models, and explicitly show whether they are providing low-melt toners and if they are 100 percent recyclable. Ecological solution will be awarded 0.5 points; low-melt toners will be awarded 2 points, and equipments offering the possibility of 100 percent recycling will get 2 points.
Technological improvements are also part of this tender, by taking into consideration innovative solutions that increase the speed of impression or allow printing from a mobile phone. Extra points will also be awarded for those improvements related to energy efficiency, such as preventive maintenance – based on life cycle considerations – and carbon reduction in the operations, by reducing miles or using eco-friendly vehicles. By intervening in this scheduled public tender, Castelló contributes to achieving the 33GWh/year saving goal of the CEPPI project. Suppliers can send their offers until 12th August 2016.
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