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12 September 2017

2017 Procura+ Awards finalists announced

Six finalists for the 2017 Procura+ Awards have been announced, representing outstanding sustainable and innovation procurements carried out in Europe. All six are competing across three award categories: 'Sustainable Procurement of the Year', 'Innovation Procurement of the Year’ and 'Tender Procedure of the Year'.

The finalists are ATC Torino (Home Territory Agency of Central Piedmont) (Italy) for building energy performance solutions; the Netherlands Institute for Safety for sustainable fire service clothing; Hyvinkää Municipality (Finland), for its eco-labelled pre-school building; Public Health Wales (UK) for remanufacture of office furnishings; City of Lahti (Finland) for asphalt from waste roofing materials; and Ministry of Defence Netherlands for procurement of textiles from recycled fibres.

The winners will be announced and the awards presented as part of the Third Major eafip Event on Innovation Procurement in Tallinn, Estonia on 17 October. The finalists were chosen after extensive deliberations of a jury comprised of procurement experts Philippe le Quement (DG Growth), Maria Pagel Fray and Casper Marott (City of Copenhagen), Paula Trindade (LNEG), Floris den Boer (PIANOo), and Philipp Tepper (ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability).

Jury member Philippe le Quement said: “We were incredibly impressed by the quality of applications to this year’s awards and it was a real pleasure to learn more about the impressive strides being taken across Europe in innovative and sustainable procurement”.

The category 'Innovation Procurement of the Year' acknowledges PPI and public authorities as launch customers, while 'Sustainable Procurement of the Year' rewards the outstanding environmental, social and economic impacts of a procurement. 'Tender Procedure of the Year' recognises exceptional approaches to sustainable and innovation procurement.

For more information on the finalists, visit the Procura+ website. Initiated and co-ordinated by ICLEI, Procura+ is a network of European public authorities and regions that connect, exchange and act on sustainable and innovation procurement.

 

8 September 2017

BuyZET project establishes Observer City and Interest Groups

The BuyZET project's Observer City Group has been established and an Interest Group comprising cities and public authorities to closely follow the project's activities is currently open to new members. The seven Observer Cities - Brussels (Belgium), Southampton (UK), Bologna (Italy), Jerusalem (Israel), Bielefeld (Germany), Manchester (UK) and Munich (Germany) - will monitor and discuss the activities of the project, participate in expert meetings and join or form Buyers' Groups.

The Interest Group has already recruited Rijkswaterstaat (Netherlands) and the Albanian Ministry of Transport, as well as the cities of Budapest (Hungary), Torres Vedras (Portugal) and Helsinki (Finland). Other cities and public authorities are invited to join the Interest Group to gain access to useful resources and the project’s activities. The Interest Group will enjoy privileged access to project’s activities, access to project meetings and study visits, participation in webinars, buyers groups, access to an online project discussion group and more.

The BuyZET project is a partnership of cities aiming to achieve zero emission urban delivery of goods and services through innovative procurement approaches.

For more information, visit the BuyZET website. To join the BuyZET Interest Group, contact the ICLEI European Secretariat.

 

29 August 2017

eafip announces PPI workshop on public construction

The eafip initiative is hosting a Workshop on innovation procurement in public construction open to all public procurers on 14th November 2017 in Prague. The aim of the workshop is to highlight the benefits of innovation procurement of ICT solutions through the Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) and Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI) approaches across Europe, with a particular focus on construction.

The workshop will feature presentations, networking and discussion on the EU funding opportunities for PCP and PPI (in the framework of the Horizon 2020 calls), case studies and lessons learned from previous procurements, and an introduction to the eafip Toolkit for innovation procurement.

The event will be held in English is free of charge. Lunch and coffee will be provided. Registration via this website is compulsory and places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. A provisional agenda is available for consultation here.

For more information and to register online, visit the eafip website.

 

29 August 2017

SPP Regions project publishes Circular Procurement resources

The SPP Regions project, which promotes SPP and PPI in European regional networks of municipalities, has released a Best Practice Report and Collection of Case Studies on Circular Procurement (CP). Aimed at demystifying CP in the context of the Circular Economy, the report identifies how circularity can be introduced to procurement, and more specifically what changes to current procurement practices need to be adapted.

With the concept of Circular Procurement still in its infancy, the report is released alongside a collection of 13 in-depth case studies of procurements already completed or underway involving CP best practice. The case-studies cover various service, goods and works categories, including construction, car-sharing and office furniture in the EU and the USA.

The SPP Regions project promotes the creation and expansion of 7 European regional networks of municipalities working together on sustainable public procurement (SPP) and public procurement of innovation (PPI), and releases detailed guidance and case-studies for public procurers to introduce to their own organisations.

For more information and to download the report and case studies, visit the SPP Regions website.

 

17 August 2017

UrbanWINS newsletter features pilot city waste reduction events

The third edition of the UrbanWINS project newsletter is now available on the UrbanWINS website. This edition features the first series of Face-to-Face Agoras held during the summer in the project's eight pilot cities, in which 300 representatives of local authorities, companies in the waste industry, academics, NGOs, local initiatives groups and citizens met to discuss issues related to resource consumption and waste prevention.


The eight pilot cities in the UrbanWINS project are Bucharest, Sabadell, Pomézia, Cremona, Leiria, Torino, Manresa and Albano Laziale. Under the title of "Cities' priorities in resource consumption and waste prevention”, specific issues discussed included upstream waste reduction, the implementation of obligatory separate waste collection at source, educational and awareness campaigns. The implementation of reduction incentives and the "pay as you throw" system, energy recovery, territorial planning, sustainable production and proximity consumption were also addressed.

Further Agoras will be organized during 2017 and 2018 to define, in a participatory way, objectives and indicators for cities' Strategic Plans for Waste Prevention and Management.

For more information, and to read the latest newsletter, visit the UrbanWINS website.

 

14 August 2017

European Commission publishes new GPP criteria for furniture

The European Commission has published new Green Public Procurement (GPP) criteria for furniture, covering new furniture products as well as refurbishment and end-of-life services. The voluntary criteria provide technical specifications and award criteria for furniture, including detailed information for inclusion in tenders on which chemicals, materials and processes increase resource-efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of furniture procurement.

In particular, the criteria are designed to assist public authorities in procuring timber sustainably and legally, as well as using renewable and low-emissions materials in wood and upholstery products. The criteria also aim to help procurers procure products complying with recognised EN standards which can be reassembled, repaired and repurposed and covered by a service warranty.

Core criteria are provided to assist procurers and suppliers to apply GPP criteria easily, while more comprehensive criteria are also included to support public authorities seeking to reach higher levels of environmental performance and innovation.

For more information, and to download the criteria, visit the European Commission's GPP website.

 

31 July 2017

SPP Regions project publishes Life Cycle Costing report

The SPP Regions project, which promotes SPP and PPI in European regional networks of municipalities, has released its State of the Art report on Life Cycle Costing (LCC). The report fully explains the concept of life cycle costing and total cost of ownership (TCO) analysis. Specifically, it refers to the new EU public procurement Directives, which clearly defines the use of LCC within the public procurement process.

Focusing on examples of best-practice from across the SPP Regions partnership and wider across Europe, the report demonstrates in detail how LCC methodology is applied to products, services and works categories. It also signposts existing tools and case-studies involving sustainable and innovation procurements where LCC has been used.

The SPP Regions project promotes the creation and expansion of 7 European regional networks of municipalities working together on sustainable public procurement (SPP) and public procurement of innovation (PPI), and releases detailed guidance and case-studies for public procurers to introduce to their own organisations.

For more information and to download the full report, visit the SPP Regions website.

 

20 July 2017

PPI4Waste project to host Brussels procurement conference

The PPI4Waste project will host its final conference, "Feedback and opportunities for public procurement of innovation in the waste sector" on 12 September in Brussels. The purpose of the conference is to share the principal findings of the research, networking and training activities implemented during the project's lifetime to help increase the uptake of innovative waste solutions.

The one-day conference will have two main sessions. The first session will present the main findings of the PPI4Waste project and how public procurement of innovation (PPI) can be experimented and stimulated in the field of waste management. It will be followed by an afternoon session exploring synergies between procurers and projects on innovative solutions. A full programme and participant registration will be available shortly.

PPI4Waste is a three-year Horizon 2020 project involving eight partners and explores how innovative public procurement can be a key instrument in galvanising the market in order to foster sustainability, preserving and recycle material resources.

For more information and to register, visit the PPI4Waste website.

 

12 July 2017

New InnProBio factsheet on LCC and LCA of bio-based products

The InnProBio project has issued a new factsheet on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Life Cycle Costing (LCC). The document gives an insight as to what the LCA method is and the environmental impacts it assesses – such as climate change or impact on natural resources. It also explains what the results of LCA can be used for, for example in comparing different products and services. The factsheet also highlights the advantages of using LCA, as well as its link with green public procurement.

LCC, an assessment of all costs which are related to a certain product, directly covered by one or several actors in the life cycle of the product is also covered in this factsheet, which also lists different LCC tools for use in public procurement.

The factsheet also shows the common ground between LCA and LCC, as well as the main differences between both concepts, and why they are important for increasing the procurement of bio-based products.

For more information, and to download the factsheet, visit the InnProBio website.

 

6 July 2017

Registration open for Conference on Innovation Procurement

The Conference on Innovation Procurement will be held under the Estonian Presidency of the EU Council on 17th and 18th of October 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia. It takes place in the context of the 3rd Major eafip Event hosted alongside the 2017 Procura+ Awards on Sustainable and Innovation Procurement ceremony.

Aimed at procurers, policy-makers and innovators, the conference will focus on capacity building, experience sharing and networking around major ICT-related innovation procurement initiatives across Europe and to facilitate networking for those working in the sustainability and innovation procurement fields.

The Conference will be held in English and is free of charge. Lunch and coffee will be provided. Registration is available online. The programme will include sessions on innovation procurement experiences in Europe, EU Member States’ policy and support framework for innovation procurement, economic impact of innovation procurement and HORIZON 2020 calls supporting innovation procurements.

For more information and to register, visit the eafip website. To apply for the Procura+ 2017 Award for innovation procurement, apply at the Procura+ website by 18 July.