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27 September 2018

An action agenda for the circular city

A new report published by Circl Economy, TNO and the City of Amsterdam, presents ‘a vision and action agenda for the circular city’ taking the city of Amsterdam as example.

The report zooms in on two key areas in which the city has direct impact on circularity: The construction value chain and organic waste. It presents a set of action points for both of these areas that help to establish a circular production and consumption model on the city level.

The report highlights the importance of innovation in the soil, road, and construction sector – a sector that thus far has not achieved much attention in terms of circular development but which bears great potential due to large volumes as well the direct influence that many local governments can exert in this regard – through regulation as well as circular procurement. Innovation procurement processes challenging the market to for example redesign existing buildings or develop new products from used materials are a key tool for public authorities in this regard. 

Further information on circular procurement can also be found in this guide, published by the European Commission and authored by ICLEI. For more information about Circular Amsterdam click here.

 

18 September 2018

Webinar series on innovation procurement in learning technology

A webinar series on innovation procurement is about to begin, hosted by the LEA - Learning Technology Accelerator project as part of its goal to accelerate knowledge transfer, dialog and awareness raising of innovation procurement within the learning technology sector.

These webinars - which will take place every second Wednesday in Autumn - will cover topics such as innovation procurement instruments; what is currently available on in the learning technology market; and how to apply for additional funding for innovation procurement.

The first webinar topic  - "What is innovative procurement - PPI & PCP" - will take place on Wednesday the 19th September at 10.30 am CET.

Join the webinar here, or sign up as a LEA Follower to continue to receive information on future webinars as well as access free support and guidance on innovation procurement.  

 

11 September 2018

Procura+ Awards finalists announced

The countdown to the 2018 Procura+ Awards ceremony has started, with six public authorities through to the final. Winners will be unveiled at the EcoProcura conference in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. The six finalists have emerged from a strong field of 23 entries across three contest categories: Sustainable Procurement of the Year, Innovation Procurement of the Year, and Procurement Initiative of the Year.

The City of Aalborg and Government of Flanders will contest for Sustainable Procurement of the Year. These municipalities have impressed with procurement of circular school furniture for a healthy learning environment and a supply chain influencing procurement of sustainable office supplies, respectively.

For Innovation Procurement of the Year, the cities of Cork and Rotterdam will be in competition with each other. Procurement of sustainable and affordable housing through Competitive Dialogue in Cork and innovative transport solutions for special mobility needs in Rotterdam have taken the two cities to the final.

Finally, the Procurement Initiative of the Year will be chosen from Barcelona City Council and Transport for London. Barcelona introduced city-wide compulsory sustainable procurement, whilst Transport for London successfully implemented a supplier skills programme.

This year’s jury, chaired by Mark Hidson, Global Director of ICLEI’s Procurement Centre, was further comprised of high-level representatives with vast experience in procurement practice and policy making.

For more information on the 2018 awards, visit the Procura+ website.

 

6 September 2018

New sorting centre tackles pressing issues in textile recycling

The textile industry is constantly growing and with it a range of adverse environmental and human rights impacts. According to recent estimates, the total greenhouse gas emissions from textiles production, are at 1.2 billion tonnes annually which are more than those of all international flights and maritime shipping combined.

Circulus Berkel, the public waste management company that serves eight municipalities with around 440,000 inhabitants in the Dutch Province Gelderland has recently launched a new textile sorting centre that aims to tackle these issues. The centre’s operation is set up to ensure transparency in the textile chain and high rates of recycling, and creates job opportunities for socially disadvantaged citizens.

In an interview with ICLEI Europe, Michiel Westerhoff, manager of Circulus Berkel, underlined that an intensive market engagement process during the tendering procedure as well as broad political support for sustainability focused procurement was the key in achieving this.

You can find the full interview on Sector Watch. For more information about Circulus Berkel, click here.