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12 December 2017

Global city networks announce 'One Planet Charter' on Paris Agreement

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, and the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy have announced the One Planet Charter to accelerate the implementation of the Paris Agreement through innovative, sustainable public procurement, and other policy measures, in cities and local governments across the world at the One Planet Summit in Paris (France) on 12 December.

The One Planet Charter builds on the Bonn-Fiji commitment at the COP23 international climate conference in November and sustainable procurement initiatives such as ICLEI's Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement and the 100% Renewable Energy Cities & Regions Campaign, as well as C40 Cities’ Fossil Fuel Free Streets. Through the Charter, cities will commit to specific climate action and innovation to drive investment, sustainable public procurement, and policy decisions in renewable energy, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, and efforts for zero emission buildings and zero waste.

Seoul Mayor, ICLEI President, Global Covenant of Mayors Board Member and Chair of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement Park Won Soon demonstrated the need for innovation to underpin the Charter's goals, "I encourage all Mayors to join this commitment campaign to mobilize the huge demand-side power of cities, and drive the market for sustainable infrastructure, products and services worldwide to accelerate climate action through ambitious GHG reduction targets and robust adaptation strategies.”

The Charter is being announced on the two-year anniversary of the Paris Agreement, and is aimed at giving cities momentum to realise ambitious global climate goals through public and private sector collaboration and sustainable public procurement.

For more information, read the press release on the ICLEI Europe website.

 

7 December 2017

High-level procurement conference tackles professionalisation

Following the release of a European Commission Communication on 3 October identifying six priority areas of improvement in public procurement, the European Commission's DG GROW is today hosting a high-level procurement conference on transparency and integrity, professionalisation and large infrastructure projects in Brussels.

The conference, entitled Joining Forces in Public Procurement to Power Investment, is being held in the context of an increased focus at the European level on strategic procurement, professionalisation and improving public procurers' capacities to undertake large procurements. These topics will also be engaged with in two major conferences being held by ICLEI in 2018 - the Procura+ Seminar in Oslo (Norway) on 21-22 March, and the EcoProcura 2018 Conference from 3-5 October in Nijmegen (Netherlands).

A number of SPP and PPI projects coordinated by ICLEI have also addressed the professionalisation of procurement processes and improving public buyers' capacities to uptake innovation. The SPP Regions project has recently published guidance on engaging in Life-cycle Costing, Market Engagement and other areas. The PPI Project has also developed training and guidance for public procurers to invest in innovative solutions across several sectors of public spend.

For more information on the Joining Forces conference, visit the European Commission's DG GROW website.

 

6 December 2017

European Commission focuses on procurement issues of large buyers

The European Commission is hosting an event in Brussels on 6 December focusing on the needs and issues of large public buyers in the EU. The event follows a substantial Communication on priority areas for improvement in public procurement issued in October, and looks specifically on public procurement of innovation (PPI), cross-border Joint Procurement and digitisation of procurement processes. The event brings together large European cities, central purchasing bodies and stakeholders' associations along with representatives from the European Commission's DG GROW.

ICLEI has been working with large city and regional public buyers in the context of several sustainability and PPI projects, including SPP Regions and CEPPI. The SPP Regions project concerns the establishment and expansion of 7 networks from across Europe which have committed to draft a total of 42 eco-innovative tenders - 6 per region - focused on energy savings in public buildings; vehicles and transport; and food and catering. The project has published several tender models involving large purchasing organisations, including the joint procurement of 500GW/h of green energy in Piedmont region (Italy).

The CEPPI project also plans innovative tenders involving cities which will achieve at least 33GWh/year within the duration of the project.

For more information, visit the SPP Regions and CEPPI websites.

 

5 December 2017

ICLEI announces two major procurement events for 2018

Two major conferences on Sustainable and Innovation Procurement have been announced by ICLEI in conjunction with the host cities of Oslo (Norway) and Nijmegen (Netherlands). The 15th Procura+ Seminar will take place on 21-22 March 2018 in Oslo; and the 10th EcoProcura conference will take place from 3-5 October 2018 in Nijmegen.

The 2018 Procura+ Seminar will be opened by Mayor of Oslo, Raymond Johansen and ICLEI's Global Director of Sustainable Procurement, Mark Hidson. Procura+ Seminars bring together Procura+ Network participants, practitioners, experts, and policy makers from across Europe. The interactive programme offers the chance to explore procurement concepts and issues through the lens of real-life examples and experiences, take part in dynamic and interactive sessions, and build practical capacity.

The 2018 EcoProcura Conference has been announced by Nijmegen mayor Hubert Bruls and will host 400 procurers, policy makers, businesses, researchers and international organisations to discuss the latest developments in sustainable and innovation procurement, including current best practice in implementation; European policy developments and international initiatives and opportunities for collaboration between procurers in Europe. The conference will present practical tools for implementation and feature market dialogue, joint procurement, social issues and professionalisation. EcoProcura Conferences take place approximately every 3 years.

Mark Hidson, Global Director ICLEI's Sustainable Procurement Centre, said: “We are delighted that these two complimentary and significant events are happening in the same year. The Procura+ Seminar provides scope for participants to go in-depth into the issues that matter to them and build capacity with their peers. EcoProcura follows this up with high level discussion and advocacy in the context of policy such as the recent European Commission communication on Making Public Procurement work in and for Europe.”

To find out more about EcoProcura, visit the EcoProcura website. To register for the Procura+ Seminar, visit the Procura+ website.

 

20 November 2017

Final PPI4Waste newsletter and roadmap for innovation published

The final newsletter of the PPI4Waste project has been released following the the final international conference of the PPI4Waste project which took place on 12 September 2017 in Brussels. The conference entitled "Feedback and opportunities for public procurement of innovation in the waste sector" gathered public procurers and suppliers committed to boost innovation in the waste sector.

A roadmap for joint or coordinated Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI) in waste management was produced by the project partners is available on the project website. Amongst its conclusions, it is recommended to continue the cooperation on the topic of PPI, for example through the communities created during the project.

ICLEI's Procurement Forum will host a successor discussion group on Waste and Resources, open to public procurers, innovation experts and others, as a follow-on from the Interest Group and Purchasing Community established during the project.

Presentations and a report of the conference as well as the training, analysis and innovation resources developed during the project are available on the PPI4Waste website.

 

8 November 2017

Online toolbox for bio-based procurement to make buyers’ lives easier

The InnProBio project has launched an online toolbox for bio-based procurement in the public sector. Designed to assist public buyers considering alternatives to plastics produced from fossil fuel based materials, the toolbox includes an online database of bio-based products and suppliers, good practice examples, procurement instruments and standard tender text blocks. It is available in English, German, Dutch and Polish.

The toolbox is meant to be a starting point for public buyers to get informed about the various bio-based products available on the market. It includes a database of products and suppliers of bio-based products. Information about the bio-based content, sustainability, functionality and end-of-life aspects such as biodegradability are also included. Claims are supported by references to standards, technical sheets, labels and certificates. Producers and suppliers of bio-based products are invited to add their products to the database.

In addition to the database, the online toolbox provides a number of instruments that can support the procurement of bio-based products: good practice examples showing how bio-based procurement is successfully implemented in practice, information on procurement instruments most relevant in bio-based procurement, and sample ‘tender text blocks’ that can be used when putting together tender documents.

The Press Release can be downloaded in English, Dutch or German.

For more information, visit the InnProBio website.

 

31 October 2017

Dutch Ministry of Defence win Procura+ Innovation award for recycled textiles

The Dutch Ministry of Defence's innovative approach to the procurement of over 160,000 textile items for its personnel using recycled content took home the 2017 Procura+ Award for Innovation Procurement of the Year. The ceremony took place as part of the Conference on Innovation Procurement which was held in the context of the Estonian Presidency of the European Union in Tallinn on 17 October.

The procurement process followed a circular policy and explored recycled content in the new textiles. The products contained at least 10% recycled post-consumer textile fibres, with two contracts awarded: one for supply of 100,000 towels and 10,000 cloths, and one for 53,000 overalls. MODNL consulted the market and challenged suppliers to source post-consumer textile fibres, with the winning bid creating estimated savings of 233,000,000 litres of water, 69,000 kg CO2 and 23 MJ of energy.

The City of Lahti (Finland) took the Runner-up prize in the Innovation category for its use of waste roof materials for road construction.

For more information on the Procura+ Awards, visit the Procura+ European Sustainable Procurement Network website.

 

18 October 2017

Procura+ Awards 2017 winners announced

Projects involving recycled textiles, eco-labelled school buildings and remanufactured furniture emerged as Europe's most sustainable and innovative public procurements at the 2017 Procura+ Awards held on 17 October in Tallinn (Estonia) as part of the eafip Conference on Innovation Procurement. The conference is held in the context of Estonia's Presidency of the EU. The winning public procurers were:

Municipality of Hyvinkää, Finland
Sustainable Procurement of the Year was awarded to the first Nordic Swan eco-labelled pre-school in Finland, which was constructed after a market dialogue process and included sustainability measures on energy use, chemical products, building products and health factors.

Ministry of Defence of the Netherlands
Innovation Procurement of the Year was awarded for two contracts supplying towels, cloths and overalls to Dutch military personnel. This produced estimated savings of 233 million litres of water and 69,000 kg of CO2, based on a technical requirement of textiles containing at least 10% recycled post-consumer textile fibres.

Public Health Wales (National Health Service, UK)
Tender Procedure of the Year was awarded for the use of a supplier open day and contracting social enterprises, Public Health Wales was supplied with over 2,500 furniture items of which only 6% were new purchases. This diverted 41 tonnes of waste from landfill with a CO2 saving of 134 tonnes, creating full time jobs for seven disabled and long term unemployed people.

For more information about the finalists and winners, visit the Procura+ website.

 

4 October 2017

New EU Communication on procurement professionalisation

The European Commission has released a communication to the EU Institutions aimed at carrying out public procurement more efficiently and sustainably at a meeting in Strasbourg on 3 October. The Commission is encouraging member states to focus on six priority areas of improvement. It also announced a helpdesk and support mechanism for procurers working on large infrastructure projects, and a targeted consultation on stimulating innovation procurement.

The six priority areas identified for member states are: greater uptake of innovative, green and social criteria in awarding public contracts; professionalisation of public buyers; improving access by SMEs to procurement markets in the EU and by EU companies in third countries; increasing transparency, integrity and quality of procurement data; digitisation of procurement processes; and more cooperation among public buyers across the EU.

Public procurement represents 14% of the EU's GDP, approximately €2 trillion. The Commission recommends that steps should be taken to improve the skills, knowledge and procedural understanding of public procurers, in addition to making better use of digital technology to professionalise the procurement process.

For more information, visit the European Commission website.

 

2 October 2017

European Commission issues call for Innovation Procurement Broker pilot

The European Commission has launched a call for an Innovation Procurement Broker to develop and implement a sustainable method to facilitate public procurement of innovation (PPI), with a special focus on environmental sustainability and energy efficiency within the European Single Market. The brokers are intended to address a gap in the relationship between those public buyers interested in buying innovative solutions and innovative SMEs, especially startups.

The deadline for proposals is 21 November 2017 and the call is open to consortia coordinated by a public body and involving a public authority. "Innovation brokers" is one of the initiatives suggested in the Start-up and Scale-up Initiative by DG GROW and financed through the COSME programme.

Full details of the call for proposals and guidance for applicants are available online. The successful Innovation Procurement Broker will promote and manage two networks of stakeholders in the European innovation eco-system, advise public buyers on the definition of their actual procurement needs, define innovative products or services which meet these needs, and propose recommendations, provide advice and strengthen knowledge sharing.

For more information, visit the European Commission's Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME) website.