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31 July 2017

SPP Regions project publishes Life Cycle Costing report

The SPP Regions project, which promotes SPP and PPI in European regional networks of municipalities, has released its State of the Art report on Life Cycle Costing (LCC). The report fully explains the concept of life cycle costing and total cost of ownership (TCO) analysis. Specifically, it refers to the new EU public procurement Directives, which clearly defines the use of LCC within the public procurement process.

Focusing on examples of best-practice from across the SPP Regions partnership and wider across Europe, the report demonstrates in detail how LCC methodology is applied to products, services and works categories. It also signposts existing tools and case-studies involving sustainable and innovation procurements where LCC has been used.

The SPP Regions project promotes the creation and expansion of 7 European regional networks of municipalities working together on sustainable public procurement (SPP) and public procurement of innovation (PPI), and releases detailed guidance and case-studies for public procurers to introduce to their own organisations.

For more information and to download the full report, visit the SPP Regions website.

 

20 July 2017

PPI4Waste project to host Brussels procurement conference

The PPI4Waste project will host its final conference, "Feedback and opportunities for public procurement of innovation in the waste sector" on 12 September in Brussels. The purpose of the conference is to share the principal findings of the research, networking and training activities implemented during the project's lifetime to help increase the uptake of innovative waste solutions.

The one-day conference will have two main sessions. The first session will present the main findings of the PPI4Waste project and how public procurement of innovation (PPI) can be experimented and stimulated in the field of waste management. It will be followed by an afternoon session exploring synergies between procurers and projects on innovative solutions. A full programme and participant registration will be available shortly.

PPI4Waste is a three-year Horizon 2020 project involving eight partners and explores how innovative public procurement can be a key instrument in galvanising the market in order to foster sustainability, preserving and recycle material resources.

For more information and to register, visit the PPI4Waste website.

 

12 July 2017

New InnProBio factsheet on LCC and LCA of bio-based products

The InnProBio project has issued a new factsheet on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Life Cycle Costing (LCC). The document gives an insight as to what the LCA method is and the environmental impacts it assesses – such as climate change or impact on natural resources. It also explains what the results of LCA can be used for, for example in comparing different products and services. The factsheet also highlights the advantages of using LCA, as well as its link with green public procurement.

LCC, an assessment of all costs which are related to a certain product, directly covered by one or several actors in the life cycle of the product is also covered in this factsheet, which also lists different LCC tools for use in public procurement.

The factsheet also shows the common ground between LCA and LCC, as well as the main differences between both concepts, and why they are important for increasing the procurement of bio-based products.

For more information, and to download the factsheet, visit the InnProBio website.

 

6 July 2017

Registration open for Conference on Innovation Procurement

The Conference on Innovation Procurement will be held under the Estonian Presidency of the EU Council on 17th and 18th of October 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia. It takes place in the context of the 3rd Major eafip Event hosted alongside the 2017 Procura+ Awards on Sustainable and Innovation Procurement ceremony.

Aimed at procurers, policy-makers and innovators, the conference will focus on capacity building, experience sharing and networking around major ICT-related innovation procurement initiatives across Europe and to facilitate networking for those working in the sustainability and innovation procurement fields.

The Conference will be held in English and is free of charge. Lunch and coffee will be provided. Registration is available online. The programme will include sessions on innovation procurement experiences in Europe, EU Member States’ policy and support framework for innovation procurement, economic impact of innovation procurement and HORIZON 2020 calls supporting innovation procurements.

For more information and to register, visit the eafip website. To apply for the Procura+ 2017 Award for innovation procurement, apply at the Procura+ website by 18 July.