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.
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.
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.
As part of the European Union’s Public Procurement Action Plan, the Commission, in partnership with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), will support five European regions in using more innovative public procurement procedures. Hereby the EU wants to “… maximise the impact of public procurement in terms of social objectives, innovation and sustainability.”
Making use of the EU recommendations on the professionalisation of public procurement the Commission will support the City of Athens (Greece) with the procurement of more environmentally-friendly public transport vehicles and Puglia Region (Italy) which is planning to purchase new technologies and innovative administrative services in water management. In addition, the Commission also supports the Coordination and Development Commission in Portugal’s Centro Region, the Greek regions of Central Greece and Eastern Macedonia, and Thrace.
The targeted procurement procedures all relate to projects that are co-financed by the EU. To learn more about the innovation procurement support, click here. For information about the EU Action Plan on Public Procurement, click here.
EcoProcura 2018 is proud to announce that it will collaborate with the Green Electronics Council (GEC) on its 2018 conference on sustainable, circular and innovation procurement, which is taking place 3-5 October in Nijmegen (The Netherlands).
The GEC is a mission driven non-profit that seeks to achieve a world in which only sustainable IT products are designed, manufactured, and purchased. GEC is also the manager of EPEAT, the leading global type 1 ecolabel for IT products used by public and private sector purchasers in over 43 countries.
During the conference, the Green Electronics Council will host two separate Market Lounge sessions – the first session, which will take place on Thursday 4 October, 11:10-12:50, will explain the GEC initiative, share what sustainability data procurement teams should elicit from Cloud-Service providers, and how to use that data for accounting for sustainability gains for their organisation.
The second session, which will take place on Friday 5 October, 10:50-12:20, will explain new characteristics of the EPEAT eco-label product categories, outline specific SDGs, targets, and indicators that EPEAT products support, and the ways in which impacts can be codified and quantified.
For more information about EcoProcura and to register, click here.
The 2018 Green Capital of Europe Nijmegen (The Netherlands) wants to catalyse sustainable and circular development through procurement. For the renovation of the street Malderburchtstraat the city went for a “Rapid Circular Contracting” (RCC) tender, challenging the civil engineering sector to develop innovative circular solutions to a regular street renovation.
RCC was developed by the Dutch Foundation for the Circular Economy as a way to stimulate innovative circular solutions through procurement. It allows innovative market parties to develop concepts that fall outside of conventional approaches while striving toward circular ambitions that have been defined in the tender.
In essence, Nijmegen does not award the contract based on a previously developed plan, instead the winning party is selected based on its vision and ambition in the circular economy. The final product will be developed in close collaboration with the city authorities after the contract has been awarded.
The City of Nijmegen is also host of this year’s EcoProcura conference (3 -5 October).
As part of the CEPPI (Coordinated energy-related PPIs actions for cities) project, the two cities Valencia and Castelló (Spain) have been engaging with suppliers to communicate their needs and encourage the market to offer innovative solutions when tendering for upcoming procurement opportunities. Valencia City Council launched its first public procurement of innovation process, aiming to improve the energy efficiency of the Central Fire Station, whilst the City Council of Castelló conducted market sounding for the innovative transformation of city schools to achieve energy efficiency, enhanced learning environment and improvement of the buildings.
Both actions are taking place as part of the CEPPI project, in which, together with other European cities, public procurement of innovation in public administration for energy saving and wider outcomes is promoted.The objective of the activities is among others to save at least 33GWh/year as a result of the project.
Digital technology has revolutionised most parts of our life, but not everywhere has managed to embrace its full potential - in particular, the traditional learning environment of schools.
That's why the LEA project was created - to build experience and examples of how public procurement of innovative new solutions can accelerate learning technology development and improve the learning outcomes of students.
Procurers, suppliers, learn tech experts and schools are invited to become LEA Followers in order to: gain knowledge about how you can benefit from innovation procurement; access free support to participate in innovation procurement calls and get guidance on funding opportunities; and network with other organisations to exchange ideas, find collaborations and share and learn from each other.
To find out more about becoming a LEA Follower, please see the LEA website here.
The scene is set for the 2018 Procura+ Awards, with 12 candidates now through to the next round of selection in the run up to the EcoProcura conference in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, where the winners will be unveiled.
The 12 candidates have been selected from a strong field of two dozen entries in three contest categories: Sustainable Procurement of the Year, Innovation Procurement of the Year, and Procurement Initiative of the Year. With four nominees for each category, the scene is set for a close contest.
This year’s jury is comprised of high-level representatives with vast experience in procurement practice and policy making. Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, Mayor of Malmö and Procura+ Network Chair, Janos Bertok, Head of the Public Sector Integrity Division at the OECD, and Marzena Rogalska, Acting Director of the European Commission’s DG Grow are all taking part in the judging process.
Commenting on the record number of entries for this year’s awards, Procura+ Award Jury Chair and Global Director of ICLEI’s Procurement Centre Mark Hidson said: “We were incredibly impressed by the quality of all applications this year. All of the entries reflected the great strides that public authorities across Europe are making in sustainable, circular, strategic and innovation procurement."
For more information on the 2018 awards, visit the Procura+ website.
The EcoProcura 2018 conference on strategic, sustainable, circular and innovation procurement has confirmed its keynote speakers and over 50 Market Lounge tables. Speakers include representatives of the European Commission, mayors of leading cities, business leaders and some of the brightest inspirational thought leaders, among which Bertrand Piccard, the initiator behind Solar Impluse - the first airplane to fly around the world powered by solar energy .
The Market Lounge tables, each hosted by pioneering practitioners, are an opportunity for participants to engage in personal conversation with experts and other experienced procurers, and learn about circular procurement in practice, sustainability of supply chains, developing approaches to innovation, putting procurement policy into practice, and many more essential procurement skills.
EcoProcura 2018 marks 20 years of the conference series and is an unmissable opportunity to meet with other procurers, policy makers, businesses, researchers and international organisations.
For more information about the conference and registration, click here. A list of confirmed plenary speakers can be found here. The full programme, including breakout session speakers and Market Lounge hosts can be found here.