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29 January 2018

Dutch event stresses the importance of biobased standards

On the 18th of January 2018, NEN and PIANOo have organised a roundtable to discuss how 'standards' can support bio-based public procurement. The event was organised as part of the InnProBio project.

Participants, mainly from national and local Dutch public authorities, were invited to share their knowledge, experiences and ideas on the topic. Different certification schemes were discussed and procurers concluded it should be up to the procuring entity to apply the most appropriate criteria, for example, based on percentage of bio-based content, sustainability of biomass, a product’s biodegradability.

Building on the Province of Zeeland’s experience of purchasing biobased products , particular attention was given to the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) Technical specifications, such as the EN 16785-1:2015, relating to methods for determining bio-based content and EN 16575, defining common terminology to biobased products. Participants felt these standards can help set up criteria for biobased products. On the other hand, some participants raised the issue of using these standards for new materials. They also raised that they find it challenging to apply existing standards and regulations to newly developed materials.

The results of the roundtable/dialogue will form part of the recommendations of the InnProBio project to the European commission to further stimulate bio-based procurement.

 

22 January 2018

Green Electronics Council releases Social Procurement guidance

The Green Electronics Council (GEC) has released guidance on social procurement in the ICT sector. Entitled Purchasers' Guide for Addressing Labor and Human Rights Impacts in IT Procurements, the guidance is intended to be applied globally, and takes account of workers' and human rights legislation in various countries, including the USA, the UK and France.

The guide lists ten 'expectations of institutional purchasers' with regard to human rights, identifying aspects of due diligence which public procurers should be taking into consideration when purchasing goods and services. For each expectation, the guide sets out baseline and best practices and signposts to implementing relevant criteria, legislation and topic-specific guidance.

GEC is a non-profit organisation associated with eco-labelling in the IT sector. The guide aims to assist procurers in introducing labour and human rights related performance criteria in technical specifications, supplier selection and procurement award criteria, as well as in-contract performance clauses.

For more information and to download the Purchasers' Guide, visit the Green Electronics Council website.

 

16 January 2018

BuyZET project presents transport mapping to Polis conference

The BuyZET project, which aims to achieve zero emission deliveries through innovative procurement, has presented its transportation footprint mapping exercise at the Polis Conference and Urban Freight Working Group in December 2017 in Brussels (Belgium). Highlighting the importance of public procurement to achieving zero emissions in transport and mobility, the project shared a platform with other CIVITAS urban freight projects and presented to more than 500 delegates.

The transportation footprint mapping exercise identifies high priority procurement areas in order to build up a full picture of the emissions associated with public spend in the 3 core BuyZET partner cities - Oslo (Norway), Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Copenhagen (Denmark). The core partner cities then selected four priority procurement areas to be improved during the project, including building and facility maintenance and repair services; consolidation of deliveries; industrial waste collection; and construction material transportation.

Launched in November 2016, the BuyZET project is a partnership of cities aiming to achieve zero emission urban delivery of goods and services through understanding the full transport footprint and developing innovative procurement plans.

For more information, visit the BuyZET website.