The European Parliament endorsed the EU Circular Economy Package at its plenary session on 18 April, aiming not only at waste targets but "profoundly innovating our system of production" and implementing sustainability measures impacting on industry, consumers and public procurers.
The Package, expected to be endorsed by the European Council in the coming months, will see at least 55% of municipal waste (from households and businesses) being recycled by 2025, rising to 60% by 2030, and 65% by 2035. The draft law also limits the share of municipal waste being landfilled to a maximum of 10% by 2035.
Public authorities are at the forefront of waste management, and these new targets will impact how municipalities procure and provide waste collection services to their citizens. ICLEI, as partner in the UrbanWINS project, is currently linking the field of waste and resource management with GPP through its CityMatch programme, which is currently recruiting participants and hosts for staff exchange on sustainable and innovation procurement on waste topics.
For more information on the Circular Economy Package, visit the European Parliament's news website.
The European Commission's DG Trade has extended the deadline for the EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award until 20 April, and entrants with sustainable and social procurement success stories are invited to apply. The award is open to EU Cities of more than 20,000 inhabitants promoting or implementing initiatives (e.g. on fair trade or working rights, economic viability, environmental protection) which can improve living and working conditions in EU and non-EU supply chains.
The new award aims to recognise and celebrate cities’ achievements and positive impact in the area of social, economic and environmental sustainability in international trade. A particular emphasis is given to fair and ethical trade schemes as well as other non-governmental sustainability schemes that may bring more sustainable opportunities to small producers in third countries.
For more information on the award and to submit an application, visit the Trade City Award website.
The SPP Regions project concludes this month having generated over 1000 GWh of renewable energy and achieving its carbon and energy savings targets through eco-innovative tenders carried out in the project's 7 regional sustainable procurement networks.
Starting in 2015 and coordinated by ICLEI, the project has promoted the creation and expansion of European regional networks of municipalities working together on sustainable public procurement (SPP) and public procurement of innovation (PPI). As it approaches its conclusion, it has saved 395,000 tCO2/year and primary energy totalling 1,425 GWh/year, as well as procuring 1,015 GWh of renewable energy across 39 tenders in 7 countries, involving 31 contracting authorities. Additionally, the project recruited new partner networks in 8 other European regions and worked closely with the Procura+ European Sustainable Procurement Network.
The full list of tender models is available to download on the project website, where a savings calculation methodology used in the GPP2020 project demonstrates how the targets and achievements are quantified. The project has also produced a package of in-depth guidance and a series of 'how-to' videos on the implementation of various sustainable procurement practices such as market engagement and circular procurement, as well as the 3rd edition of the Procura+ Manual.
For more information on the SPP Regions project and its eco-innovative tenders, visit the project website.
The EcoProcura 2018 conference on sustainable, circular and innovation procurement has opened a call for contributions for four elements of its programme from 3-5 October in Nijmegen (The Netherlands).
Procurement practitioners, public authorities, policy makers, suppliers and legal experts are invited to submit ideas for the Market Lounge, Speed Presentation, Disruptors and Game Changers, and Supplier Engagement conference sessions by 30 April 2018.
The 10th edition of the EcoProcura conference will bring together over 400 procurers, policy makers, businesses, researchers and international organisations. The interactive programme will focus on European policy and international initiatives, and explore topics such as the potential and implementation of circular procurement, life-cycle costing, monitoring and e-Procurement.
Proposals can be submitted online via the recently launched EcoProcura 2018 website, where a programme outline is now available. Updates and details of sessions, speakers and topics will be posted on the website over the coming months, and online registration will open in April.
For more information on the call for contributions and the latest programme updates, visit the EcoProcura 2018 website.
Innovative and sustainable procurement actions working towards socio-economic, socio-cultural or technological transformation are invited to apply to the 2018 edition of the Transformative Action Awards. The awards, which recognise sustainability initiatives which follow the pathways outlined in the Basque Declaration, has been opened in Vienna (Austria) by jury member and ICLEI Europe Regional Director Wolfgang Teubner.
The Basque Declaration, formally endorsed at the 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns held in the Basque Country from 27-29 April 2016, outlines new pathways for European cities and towns to create productive, sustainable and resilient cities for a liveable and inclusive Europe. The document aims to support and accelerate socio-cultural, socio-economic and technological transformation.
The use of public procurement as an instrument to accelerate the market introduction of innovative and sustainable technologies is specifically outlined in the Declaration. Eligible current or concluded actions in the field of procurement can apply for the award by the closing date of 30 June 2018. Applicants will be shortlisted in September and the awards ceremony will be held in November 2018.
For more information and to apply for the Transformative Action Award, visit the Sustainable Cities Platform.
Is your public authority a trailblazer in the procurement of goods or services? Has it conducted an innovative procurement in the last two years? If so, it could be in line for a Procura+ Award!
The Procura+ Awards recognise sustainable and innovative public procurements which lead to real improvements in public goods, services, processes and infrastructure. They are co-ordinated by ICLEI, in co-operation with the EU-funded Procure2Innovate project.
The 2018 Procura+ Awards are now accepting applications from public authorities which have procured sustainably and innovatively within the last two years, giving visibility to the most dynamic, forward-looking and innovative public authorities in action.
This year, the application process has been streamlined, and a new winners’ category introduced: Procurement Initiative of the Year. This award recognises effective actions such as strategies, tools or projects which have been harnessed to achieve truly outstanding procurement. The remaining categories are Sustainable Procurement of the Year and Innovation Procurement of the Year.
In last year’s Procura+ Awards, the Ministry of Defence of the Kingdom of the Netherlands won the award for Innovation Procurement of the Year for an eco-innovative procurement of textiles using recycled materials. This year’s Procura+ Awards is set to recognise equally outstanding procurement achievements and give a platform for even greater success in the field.
For more information on the 2018 Awards, and to download an application form, visit the Procura+ website.
The sixth and final edition of the InnProBio newsletter is now available on the InnProBio website. The newsletter includes updates on the project’s activities, together with news related to the topic of bio-based products and services and upcoming events.
This edition features the InnProBio Handbook now available in four new languages, includes details of two bio-based events, namely a Dutch event on the standardisation process of bio-based products and a market dialogue event organised in Lodz (Poland). Furthermore, the newsletter introduces to the EU funded project BIOCANNDO, working on bio-based products and awareness raising, the new EU Plastic Strategy, and informs about the release of new factsheets to support bio-based procurement. It finally includes relevant upcoming events.
To read the latest newsletter, visit the newsletter section of the website.
Valencia City Council has launched its first PPI process, aiming to improve the energy efficiency of the Central Fire Station as part of the CEPPI project. The city, through the Fire Service and the Las Naves Foundation, has announced a market sounding prospectus and preliminary market consultation aimed at generating a space for technical dialogue with all economic and innovation agents who want to participate.
The procurement is intended to improve the Fire Station facilities, as well as increase the wellbeing of a 24/7 workforce. The consultation will test what the current market can offer and obtain the feedback of professionals and technical experts in the sector in order to better shape the subsequent call for tender. A supplier information day is planned for February 27 in the Central Fire Station. Alongside this, a PIN has been published in Tenders Electronic Daily and a video released that explains the needs and background to the procurement.
CEPPI is a 3-year project aimed at saving at least 33GWh/year and developing the capacity of public authorities to implement innovation procurement solutions for energy-related projects.
For more information, visit the Las Naves Foundation website.
The European Commission's Plastics Strategy released in January 2018 identifies Green Public Procurement (GPP) as a tool for reducing plastic waste, and highlights the role GPP criteria can play in improving the recyclability of plastics. The strategy also recommends that national, regional and local authorities should make greater use of public procurement to support plastic waste prevention and recycling of plastics.
The strategy, which has been proposed to the other European Institutions in an official Communication, aims to play a major role in the transition towards a circular economy. The multi-pronged approach includes additional investment in innovation and guidance as to what public authorities can do - including the strategic use of public procurement - to produce innovative solutions dealing with hazardous substances and contaminants from recycled plastics.
Seen as a follow-on from the 2015 Circular Economy package, the Plastics Strategy is expected to form a central part of the EU's contributions to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement objectives on climate change.
For more information, visit the European Commission's website.
ICLEI is recruiting a Sustainable and Innovation Procurement Officer on an 80-100% FTE basis at its European Secretariat in Freiburg (Germany). The position will be based within the Sustainable Economy and Procurement team, and the working language is English. Working on procurement since 1996, ICLEI facilitates networking, knowledge sharing, collaboration and best practice exchange on sustainable, strategic, circular and innovation procurement through EU-funded projects in collaboration with ICLEI partner cities and members of its European and global procurement networks.
The main focus of this position will address the topics of innovation and sustainable procurement through EU-funded projects. The deadline for applications is 4 March, although applications will be reviewed when they are received as the proposed start date is 1 April 2018.
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is an association of 1,200 local governments in 68 countries that are dedicated to sustainable development.
For more details on the position, visit the ICLEI Europe jobs website.