A new factsheet published by the InnProBio project which focuses on how procurement of bio-based products and services fit into the circular economy has been published. The factsheet addresses the question: does encouraging the public procurement of bio-based products contribute to fostering a circular economy? The factsheet also serves as an introduction to the circular economy and circular procurement in broader terms.
The bioeconomy uses renewable resources (that is, biomass, such as plants, trees or animals) instead of fossil resources, and can provide products that contribute to the enhanced circularity of our current economic model. The factsheet gives special attention to bio-based plastics and recycling, exploring what end-of-life options are available for a variety of products.
It is the fourth in a series of factsheets published in the framework of the European InnProBio project which includes: ‘What are bio-based products?’, ‘Sustainability of bio-based products’, and ‘Biodegradability: Exposing some of the myths and facts’.
For more information and to download the factsheet, visit the InnProBio website.
Applicants are being sought for the Transformative Action Award, which rewards initiatives which address the goals of the Basque Declaration including the use of public procurement to create productive, sustainable and resilient cities.
Initiatives which involve a high level of innovation, for example in terms of social innovation and civic economy, that inspire others to replicate the action elsewhere in Europe are invited from local and regional authorities, and civil society organisations. Actions are preferably part of a local strategy or vision rather than standalone and must be in place for at least three months and less than 5 years at the time of application.
Transformative actions combine various pathways and address one or more agendas of the Basque Declaration. They should achieve a comprehensive transformation with a positive local or regional impact. Winners will be rewarded with free entry and a presentation at the next European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns taking place in 2019 and publicity through the Sustainable Cities Platform, ICLEI online platforms and publications and a promotional video. The deadline for applications is 18 June 2017.
For more information and to download an application form, visit the Sustainable Cities Platform.
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 PPI4Waste project, which explores mechanisms to overcome barriers to public procurement of innovation in the waste sector, held a webinar on 29 March reflecting on some of the project’s pilot activities. The webinar, hosted by ICLEI and entitled "Experiences and insights in piloting PPI in the waste sector" is now available on ICLEI Europe’s YouTube channel.
The webinar’s programme included Fredric Norefjäll of the RI:SE Technical Research Institute of Sweden on "When to use PPI", setting out the ‘funnel’ from needs to engaging in a PPI action and the process of setting up the PPI action in the waste sector. Marijan Galovic from ESPER set out Zagreb's experience of piloting PPI initiatives in waste management, and Philippe Micheaux Naudet reflected on the activities of the PPI4Waste project in the context of current trends and topics in PPI, waste and resource efficiency.
The PPI4Waste project, which runs until June 2017, involves 8 partners and has held a variety of capacity-building, training and networking initiatives aimed increasing uptake of innovative waste solutions.
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.