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29 January 2019

Back on track - new EU GPP criteria for Road Transport

The European Commission has just published new voluntary EU green public procurement (GPP) criteria for Road Transport. The use of these criteria has the potential to considerably reduce environmental impacts from road transport as the criteria are designed to make it easier for public authorities to purchase goods, services and works through tender processes that for instance require:


• criteria on type-approval CO2 emissions for cars and light commercial vehicles, and specific technologies for heavy-duty vehicles and L-category vehicles;
• criteria for energy efficiency for electric cars and light commercial vehicles;
• criteria on battery warranties;
• criteria on vehicle and tyres noise emissions;
• key competencies and the application of key environmental management measures and practices from service providers;
• adequate and frequent training for the staff of service providers.

The new framework distinguishes between ‘Core’ and ‘Comprehensive’ criteria, making GPP more accessible for public authorities operating in different procurement contexts. Core criteria which allow for easy application of GPP, focusing on the key area (s) of environmental performance of a product and aimed at keeping administrative costs for companies to a minimum. Comprehensive criteria which take into account or higher levels of environmental performance, for use by authorities that want to go further in supporting environmental and innovation goals.

Read the full document here.

Learn more about EU GPP Criteria here.

 

22 January 2019

Innovation Procurement in Austria – 6 questions to PPPI Service Centre

The Procure2Innovate (P2I) project will improve institutional support for public procurers by setting up new competence centres for innovation procurement and supporting existing ones in 10 European Union countries. One of them is the PPPI Service Center Austria, which offers innovative Austrian companies to discuss questions about innovation and sustainable public procurement and to connect with the right contact person within their network. PPPI stands for Public Procurement Promoting Innovation.

 In a recent interview, the PPPI Service Centre commented on the role of innovation procurement in Austria: “Innovation in Public Procurement can contribute to the following: higher R&D rates, bigger growth rate, more jobs, better competitiveness and prosperity”. These potential advantages demonstrate “that innovation in public procurement can be justified at every level and in every area, as long as there is a corresponding need”, says the PPPI Service Centre team.

Looking back at the development of PPPI in Austria, the team says “after the adoption of the Action Plan on PPPI by the Austrian Federal Government in 2012, consistent work regarding the PPPI setting and its development in the years 2013 and 2014 followed, creating the basis for the established and well-functioning PPPI service network”.

The Procure2Innovate Network “… gives a good opportunity to facilitate networking, knowledge sharing, collaboration and best practice exchange on innovation procurement.”

Read the full interview here.

 

15 January 2019

Binhai wins Chinese Public Procurement Award

Tianjin Binhai New District won the 2018 China Government Procurement Award for innovation in green procurement. The Award recognizes their green furniture procurement evaluation system, which helps to assess and weigh environmental performance of bidding products on a large scale with full life cycle perspective.

In 2017, the Binhai Government Procurement Center pledged to advance green public procurement (GPP) by establishing a local green evaluation system. To this end, the Binhai Government Procurement Center joined the 10YFP SPP Working Group 1A “GPP Implementation and Impact Monitoring” as one of the East Asian pilot local governments - along with Suwon (Korea), Guiyang, Shenzhen Guangming District, Urumqi Economic and Technological Development Zone, and Tianjin Jizhou District (China).

Under the project, ICLEI East Asia worked closely with the Binhai Government Procurement Center and domestic partners, and identified the furniture sector as the entry point to pilot the green procurement evaluation scheme. ICLEI East Asia helped formulate a set of specifications, award criteria, and verification methods covering phases of raw materials extraction, design, manufacturing, assembling, transport, and end of life treatment. In June 2018, the Binhai Government Procurement Center applied the criteria to two tenders of procuring 6,160 sets of school desks and chairs for public campuses. From 2019 onwards, the district of Binhai is looking into issuing a local document to accelerate the adoption throughout the district.

 

14 January 2019

Become Part of the Team: Vacancy at ICLEI

The Sustainable Economy and Procurement team at ICLEI is looking to fill the position of Officer Sustainable Economy and Procurement at its European Secretariat in Freiburg (Germany).

ICLEI Sustainable Economy and Procurement team has been working on the topic of sustainable, strategic and innovation procurement for 22 years. In more recent years the team are also working on the topic of financing and sustainable local economies. The team support public authorities in implementation activities, spreading awareness of the concepts, developing new approaches, capacity building and encouraging policy developments at the European and international level.

This role has a topical focus on financing sustainable urban development and infrastructure. The new officer will be involved in the identification and delivery of a range of European projects. Working language is English and deadline for applications is January 19. The description of the position and information on how to apply can be found on the ICLEI jobs page.

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is an association of 1,200 local governments in 68 countries that are dedicated to sustainable development.

We are looking forward to your applications!

 

8 January 2019

What is next for Sustainable and Innovation Procurement?

The new year of 2019 brings new projects and new opportunities for Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP).

The circular economy is a key topic dominating the sustainability debate for years now. Public procurement has an important role to play in the transition toward more circularity. Ambitious local authorities are taking on the challenge to make their procurement more circular and 2019 will see the first results of their endeavours. To learn more about what communities are doing to implement a more circular economy check out the projects CircularPP as well as UrbanWINS  - and more projects coming up soon.

Social procurement goes beyond fair contracts for service providers. Ethical and fair trade needs to be assured along the entire supply chain. Implementing and monitoring fair supply chains and creating a commitment from all stakeholders is an important task for 2019. The Make ICT Fair project leads the way by involving local authorities in creating fair trade along the ICT supply chain.

More and more public authorities are seizing the opportunity to spark innovation through public tenders. Innovative products and services are the results of these. And cooperation among the public bodies is essential – it allows to implement good practices at a large scale and sends a powerful sign to the market for more innovation. Procure2Innovate and InnoBroker are two projects that show how Europe-wide cooperation among purchasing bodies can lead to innovation.

Sustainable and innovation procurement stretch beyond European borders. ICLEI offices globally have been working hard to support SPP and 2019 has promising global cooperation on the horizon. The Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement – a network among leading cities in SPP - is developing a new and ambitious programme for the coming period.

The  Procura+ Awards 2019 reward outstanding sustainable and innovation procurement initiatives. Apply now and let your colleagues know about this opportunity.

For the New Year of 2019, we wish you all success with your sustainable, innovative, circular and strategic tenders. If you want to keep up to date with our work and key developments in sustainable and innovation procurement in 2019, subscribe to our newsletter here.