The Procure 2 Innovate Project (P2I) connects competence centres for innovation procurement across Europe. One of the network members is the Procurement Transformation Institute (PTI hereafter). A recent interview with Ingrid de Doncker, founder of PTI (Ireland) gives insight on the Irish context of Innovation procurement and on the role of the newly established Institute.
PTI’s Vision is to be the Performance Hub for procurement in Ireland, for the advancement of the profession towards achieving best value for money decisions for People, Profit, Planet by developing Ireland’s current and future talent pool. “This challenge of innovation is being addressed by the PTI as an integrated Procurement Competency Centre”, says de Doncker. This is critical, as “in Ireland, there is currently no consistent approach in how decision-makers identify, recruit, develop and measure procurement competencies to continuously deliver agility, innovation and value for their organisations.”
PTI has already taken a leading role in collaborating with all stakeholders in Ireland to advance procurement excellence and becoming the Irish gateway for European engagement in procurement innovation. The PTI has created a community that fosters peer-to-peer learning, innovation, social inclusion and sustainable solutions.
Read the full interview here.
Innovative and sustainable procurement actions working towards socio-economic, socio-cultural or technological transformation, especially those which showcase the use of public procurement as an instrument to accelerate the market introduction of innovative and sustainable technologies, are invited to apply for the 2019 Transformative Action Award.
The winner of which will receive a prize of €10,000 to help initiate further transformative actions in their city or region.
The award, co-organised by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the Basque Country, and the City of Aalborg (Denmark) and supported by the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the European Investment Bank (EIB), rewards ongoing or concluded Transformative Actions that use the 15 pathways outlined in the Basque Declaration to bring about the socio-cultural, socio-economic, and technological transformation of societies.
Last year's winner, Procura+ participant City of Ghent, won for their work to transform the city’s local food system, which included making food procurement more sustainable, scaling up short food supply chains and and other participative governance actions.
Current or concluded actions in the field of procurement can apply for the award by the closing date of 31 July 2019. For more information and to apply for the award, visit the Sustainable Cities Platform.
The Sustainable Economy and Procurement team at ICLEI is looking to fill the position of Sustainable Construction Officer at its European Secretariat in Freiburg (Germany).
ICLEI's Sustainable Economy and Procurement team has been working on the topics of sustainable, strategic and innovation procurement for 22 years. In more recent years our work has expanded to cover the topic of circular local economies. The team offers support to 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 brand new position has been created to develop ICLEI's work on sustainable construction - in particular in relation to the circular economy - and support the delivery of sustainable and innovation procurement projects.
The deadline for applications is 25 March 2019. The description of the position and information on how to apply can be found on the ICLEI jobs page.
We look forward to your application!
Innovation Procurement Brokers (or InnoBrokers for short) is an exciting new project which aims to facilitate the procurement of innovative goods and services by strengthening the links between public buyers on the demand side and innovative companies on the supply side.
The public sector is a powerful market actor. It can trigger the demand for innovative solutions that do not exist yet, and that afterwards will be available for the whole market. InnoBrokers will support public buyers to identify their needs and, once ready, connect the, with SMEs and start-ups able to develop innovative solutions responding to their requirements.
A total of five procurement innovation broker schemes will be piloted in the Upper Austria Region, Denmark, North Rhine Westfalia (Germany), Ireland and Andalusia (Spain), then scaled up to a European level.
The European Commission's DG Grow has published its guidance on innovative public procurement in all EU languages.
The Guidance on Innovation Procurement focuses on the fundamental aspects of innovation procurement - why it is important, who should be interested, and most importantly, how it can be done - and shows how different procurement procedures can be used to find innovative solutions to society's most pressing challenges.
The guide includes good practice examples, and aims to help public procurers with a range of practical issues and innovation procurement mechanisms, including competitive dialogue, design contests, and pre-commercial procurement (PCP).
The Guide was first published in May 2018, and can be accessed in all languages here.
The European Union is currently accepting proposals for projects in the innovation procurement area.
In total, €56m is available, including an open call for funding which offers 90% co-financing for pre-commercial procurements (PCPs) of ICT solutions (€6m), a health care call offering 30% co-financing for procuring digital innovative solutions for an aging society (€10m) and 90% co-financing for PCPs of next generation sequencing for routine diagnostics (€40m.
Horizon 2020 - one of Europe's largest ever funding programmes - aims to encourage research and innovation activities in Europe, for the development of smart, sustainable solutions to key societal challenges.
For more information on current calls and deadlines, visit the European Commission's website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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We are looking forward to your applications!