Copenhagen's procurement of innovative street lighting will be highlighted in an upcoming webinar as part of the SPICE mobility innovation project on 8 June from 14:30 – 15:30 (CEST).
The webinar is aimed at public procurers such as national, regional and city administrators, road traffic operators, transport engineers and system suppliers, Universities and researchers. It will share good practice on the use of innovation procurement procedures such as Competitive Dialogue to procure Intelligent street lights and discuss the benefits and lessons learned in Copenhagen.
The SPICE project, which began in September 2016 and will last for two years, is designed to support purchasing actions for innovative transport and mobility solutions in urban centres. The project aims to facilitate dialogues between public procurers and industry and develop recommendations for use in public procurement procedures to further enable adoption of innovative and more sustainable technologies, including joint-cross-border procurement actions.
For more information, and to register for the webinar, visit the SPICE project website.
An international seminar aimed will be held from 30-31 May in Turku, Finland entitled Reduction of Hazardous Substances from urban sources – Strategies, tools and incentives for municipalities. The seminar, organised as part of the NonHazCity project will have a session on the use of public procurement at the municipal level to reduce the use of target substances in public premises.
ICLEI will present relevant examples from across its Procura+ network as to how cities can practically implement sustainable procurement, including criteria to reduce the use of hazardous products. Other speakers on the procurement session include NonHazCity project partners Turku and the Institute for Applied Ecosystem Research, Germany addressing the procurement challenges around hazardous substances and the effectiveness of ecolabels.
Examples from Finland, Austria and Denmark will be presented and the session will conclude with a discussion session. The seminar will be live streamed.
For more information, the full agenda and links for registration and joining the live stream visit the NonHazCity website.
The Committee of the Regions has urged the European Union to support cities and regions in increasing the contribution of bio-based industries to the economy, including through public procurement. Adopted at its plenary session in Brussels on 11 May, the opinion highlights the role the bio-economy could play in fostering independence from fossil fuels, and particularly how cities and regions as "biocommunities" and "bioregions" can be to the forefront of this strategy.
Identifying the EU's financial support of €3.85 billion to research and development in the bioeconomy, the Committee of the Regions agreed that additional market incentives, risk reduction and regulatory harmonisation are needed to assist the growth of the bio-based products sector. In particular, it proposes that innovation around the use of existing financial instruments would be required to boost investment in biotechnologies.
The opinion also recommends that Member States and EU cities and regions favour bio-based materials in their public procurement processes, which could help foster the shift from fossil fuels and towards carbon neutrality.
For more information, visit the Committee of the Regions website.
New cities are invited to join the BuyZET project City Observer Group to gain access to useful resources and the project’s activities. The BuyZET project is a partnership of cities aiming to achieve zero emission urban delivery of goods and services through innovative procurement approaches.
The project encourages cities to join as Observer Cities alongside Brussels and Southampton already working closely with the project. By joining the EU-funded project, cities will get the chance to learn from other’s experiences in implementing zero emissions urban delivery of goods and services by engaging closely with the project.
Members of the BuyZET Observer City Group will get support in applying the methodologies of the project, participate in expert meetings, engage in peer review process on each city’s activities and join or form Buyers' Groups. Funding is available to support Observer City activities.
The InnProBio team hosted the first workshop and market dialogue on public procurement of bio-based products and services in Germany. The event took place last 25 April in Bonn. At the workshop, resources and results of the project were presented to the participants. All supporting tools for public procurers are available at the InnProBio website. The team is currently working on a Decision Support Tool that will be finalised and launched in September. Its aims it to serve as a guideline for public procurers interested in purchasing bio-based products.
During the workshops, participants discussed barriers in procuring bio-based products, such as, including the term “bio-based” in tenders. They also mentioned that the main reasons hindering the inclusion of specific criteria on bio-based are the overall knowledge of what bio-based is, where to find this kind of products, and what certificates currently exist. The InnProBio Decision Support Tool aims at helping procurers with their information search.
The market dialogue allowed public procurers to meet product suppliers. Bio-based textiles, catering products, office materials, maintenance service and wood furniture were showcased. Participants could share their views and obstacles from the demand and the offer sides.
The workshop and the market dialogue were organised in cooperation with the Competence Centre for Sustainable Procurement in Bonn.
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The European Commission’s DG GROW will host a conference on Strategic Public Procurement in Paris on 2 June which aims to raise awareness among decision makers and the procurement community about the benefits of strategic procurement, with an emphasis on sustainability, social responsibility and innovation.
The draft programme includes opening speeches by Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD and Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, and addresses across two sessions the key policy and implementation challenges in strategic public procurement. Moderated panel discussions will consider both Political Ownership and Policies for Strategic Public Procurement, and latterly the importance of market consultation and designing reward criteria.
Prospective participants should complete the online registration form by 9 May to indicate their interest in attending the conference, which has limited spaces. Participation at the conference is free although costs for accommodation and travel will not be reimbursed.
For more information and to register, visit the DG GROW website.