The December edition of the European Commission's GPP news alert is now available online. The latest issue opens with the Green Deals initiative on Circular Procurement, which was recently launched in Flanders (Belgium). 101 procurers are already on board to test out new approaches to procurement.
This month’s interview features the Dr Nina Nesterova from TNO (the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research), on the BuyZET project's approach for mapping the most emissions-intensive procurement categories from transport activities in three big cities – Rotterdam, Copenhagen and Oslo.
The GPP News Alert good practice cases for December present the approaches and achievements of two 2017 Procura+ Awards winners: reusing and refurbishing furniture in a new office, from Public Health Wales (UK); and the purchase of towels, wash cloths and overalls made from recycled post-consumer textile fibres by the Dutch Ministry of Defence.
For more information and to download the newsletter, visit the European Commission's DG Environment GPP website.
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, and the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy have announced the One Planet Charter to accelerate the implementation of the Paris Agreement through innovative, sustainable public procurement, and other policy measures, in cities and local governments across the world at the One Planet Summit in Paris (France) on 12 December.
The One Planet Charter builds on the Bonn-Fiji commitment at the COP23 international climate conference in November and sustainable procurement initiatives such as ICLEI's Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement and the 100% Renewable Energy Cities & Regions Campaign, as well as C40 Cities’ Fossil Fuel Free Streets. Through the Charter, cities will commit to specific climate action and innovation to drive investment, sustainable public procurement, and policy decisions in renewable energy, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, and efforts for zero emission buildings and zero waste.
Seoul Mayor, ICLEI President, Global Covenant of Mayors Board Member and Chair of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement Park Won Soon demonstrated the need for innovation to underpin the Charter's goals, "I encourage all Mayors to join this commitment campaign to mobilize the huge demand-side power of cities, and drive the market for sustainable infrastructure, products and services worldwide to accelerate climate action through ambitious GHG reduction targets and robust adaptation strategies.”
The Charter is being announced on the two-year anniversary of the Paris Agreement, and is aimed at giving cities momentum to realise ambitious global climate goals through public and private sector collaboration and sustainable public procurement.
For more information, read the press release on the ICLEI Europe website.
The fifth edition of the InnProBio newsletter is now available on the InnProBio website. The newsletter includes updates on the project’s activities, together with news related to the topic of bio-based products and services and upcoming events.
This edition features the two latest InnProBio case studies on the bio-based public procurement carried out by the Province of Zeeland and Skåne Regional Council, on the purchase of bio-based products for road works and disposable bio-based aprons, respectively. It includes information on Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR) latest guide on bio-based office furniture and InnProBio latest factsheet on Life Cycle Assessment and Life Cycle Costing.
To read the latest newsletter, visit the newsletter section of the website.
Following the release of a European Commission Communication on 3 October identifying six priority areas of improvement in public procurement, the European Commission's DG GROW is today hosting a high-level procurement conference on transparency and integrity, professionalisation and large infrastructure projects in Brussels.
The conference, entitled Joining Forces in Public Procurement to Power Investment, is being held in the context of an increased focus at the European level on strategic procurement, professionalisation and improving public procurers' capacities to undertake large procurements. These topics will also be engaged with in two major conferences being held by ICLEI in 2018 - the Procura+ Seminar in Oslo (Norway) on 21-22 March, and the EcoProcura 2018 Conference from 3-5 October in Nijmegen (Netherlands).
A number of SPP and PPI projects coordinated by ICLEI have also addressed the professionalisation of procurement processes and improving public buyers' capacities to uptake innovation. The SPP Regions project has recently published guidance on engaging in Life-cycle Costing, Market Engagement and other areas. The PPI Project has also developed training and guidance for public procurers to invest in innovative solutions across several sectors of public spend.
For more information on the Joining Forces conference, visit the European Commission's DG GROW website.
The European Commission is hosting an event in Brussels on 6 December focusing on the needs and issues of large public buyers in the EU. The event follows a substantial Communication on priority areas for improvement in public procurement issued in October, and looks specifically on public procurement of innovation (PPI), cross-border Joint Procurement and digitisation of procurement processes. The event brings together large European cities, central purchasing bodies and stakeholders' associations along with representatives from the European Commission's DG GROW.
ICLEI has been working with large city and regional public buyers in the context of several sustainability and PPI projects, including SPP Regions and CEPPI. The SPP Regions project concerns the establishment and expansion of 7 networks from across Europe which have committed to draft a total of 42 eco-innovative tenders - 6 per region - focused on energy savings in public buildings; vehicles and transport; and food and catering. The project has published several tender models involving large purchasing organisations, including the joint procurement of 500GW/h of green energy in Piedmont region (Italy).
The CEPPI project also plans innovative tenders involving cities which will achieve at least 33GWh/year within the duration of the project.
Two major conferences on Sustainable and Innovation Procurement have been announced by ICLEI in conjunction with the host cities of Oslo (Norway) and Nijmegen (Netherlands). The 15th Procura+ Seminar will take place on 21-22 March 2018 in Oslo; and the 10th EcoProcura conference will take place from 3-5 October 2018 in Nijmegen.
The 2018 Procura+ Seminar will be opened by Mayor of Oslo, Raymond Johansen and ICLEI's Global Director of Sustainable Procurement, Mark Hidson. Procura+ Seminars bring together Procura+ Network participants, practitioners, experts, and policy makers from across Europe. The interactive programme offers the chance to explore procurement concepts and issues through the lens of real-life examples and experiences, take part in dynamic and interactive sessions, and build practical capacity.
The 2018 EcoProcura Conference has been announced by Nijmegen mayor Hubert Bruls and will host 400 procurers, policy makers, businesses, researchers and international organisations to discuss the latest developments in sustainable and innovation procurement, including current best practice in implementation; European policy developments and international initiatives and opportunities for collaboration between procurers in Europe. The conference will present practical tools for implementation and feature market dialogue, joint procurement, social issues and professionalisation. EcoProcura Conferences take place approximately every 3 years.
Mark Hidson, Global Director ICLEI's Sustainable Procurement Centre, said: “We are delighted that these two complimentary and significant events are happening in the same year. The Procura+ Seminar provides scope for participants to go in-depth into the issues that matter to them and build capacity with their peers. EcoProcura follows this up with high level discussion and advocacy in the context of policy such as the recent European Commission communication on Making Public Procurement work in and for Europe.”