November 2017

UrbanWINS CityMatch

20 - 23 November 2017, 19:00 - 17:00
Cremona, Italy
This study visit will be kindly hosted by the Municipality of Cremona and take place in Cremona (Italy) between 20-23 November 2017. Participants will be engaged in the European Waste Management week exploring food and organic resources, waste management collection systems, circular economy topics, including procurement.

The programme is available here.

The UrbanWINS project started in June 2016 and analyses the waste prevention and management strategies of 24 cities, while performing pilot activities in 8 European cities which seek to increase citizens' involvement in local decisions around waste and resources. CityMatch is one of the collaborative pilot activities within UrbanWINS where study visits are organised so that technical and policy staff at local authorities can share experiences and initiatives of mutual interest with each other in a structured staff exchange.

For more information or to register to the study visit check the project’s website.

Conama Local Valencia - Cities connect naturally

27 - 29 November 2017, 9:00 - 17:00
Valencia, Spain
The Valencia Conama Local Valencia 2017, taking place the 27 - 29 November, in Valencia (Spain) is a forum for debate and work between professionals and agents involved, which aim to align local policies with the Global Agenda 2030 and the Paris Commitment to Fight and Adapt to Climate Change.

Among various topics related to sustainable development, the 29 November, the event will include a session on sustainable, green and innovative public procurement and circular economy.

Please note the event will be held in Spanish.

To register for the event please visit the event’s webpage.

Webinar: Green procurement of furniture

29 November 2017, 14:30 - 16:00
On 10 August, the European Commission published new Green Public Procurement (GPP) Criteria for furniture, covering new furniture products as well as refurbishment and end-of-life services (such as collection and reuse), updating Criteria issued in 2008. The inclusion of refurbishment and end-of-life services aim at extending the lifespan of furniture purchased by public sector entities, and at the same time reinforce and contribute to the EU’s circular economy principles and policies.

This webinar will provide an introduction to the newly revised EU GPP Criteria for furniture related purchases from the developers of the guidance. This will include details on the sustainability 'hotspots' which can be tackled through procurement, as well as the broader scope of coverage (of the new GPP Criteria) and how ‘circularity’ is addressed.

A couple of public sector procurers will also be featured in the webinar to share their first hand experiences of carrying out GPP for this high-priority public spend area.

You can register to the webinar via WebEx.

December 2017

Electronics Watch Annual Conference 2017: Public Buyer's Role in Protecting the Rights of Electronics Workers

7 December 2017, 8:30 - 17:30
London, United Kingdom
This event, taking place the 7 December in London, will focus on precarious labour in the electronics industry and explore ways in which public sector buyers can help protect the rights of workers in unreliable and often abusive forms of employment.

As in previous years, the Conference will feature leading practitioners in the field of socially responsible public procurement, experts in international labour rights, and grassroots workplace monitors from electronics production regions around the world.

Electronics workers in precarious forms of employment earn low wages, work unpredictable hours, may not be properly trained for hazardous work, and risk losing their jobs and sometimes residency permits should they speak up for their rights. They may be employed legally or illegally, directly or indirectly for the factory where they work. They may be migrants or local workers, student workers or trainees, and work in any country. Electronics Watch highlights the challenges of precarious work in factories that make the electronic goods public sector organisations buy and helps to develop solutions that involve local civil society organisations, trade unions, electronics brands, and factories.

If you wish to register and for more information, visit the event’s page.

Beyond the Circular Procurement Package: Priorities for the EU

14 December 2017, 8:30 - 10:30
Brussels, Belgium
This discussion, taking place the 14 December in Brussels, will explore the progress made to date by businesses and EU institutions on resource efficiency and debate priority areas of action for the years to come.

The sessions will include a presentation on Circular Procurement, exploring concepts and ideas related to the topic, including references to circular procurement examples.

With the Circular Economy Package and its Action Plan nearing completion and with businesses needing long-term policy certainty to invest in new business models, this event will mark the launch of the Aldersgate Group’s latest briefing on resource efficiency. This briefing will feature a range of new business case studies on the circular economy, together with recommendations on policy priorities beyond the end of the Circular Economy Package.

Please note that due to limited room capacity, places will be confirmed by Thursday 30th November.

For more information and to register visit the event's page.

March 2018

The 15th Procura+ Seminar

21 - 22 March 2018, 9:00 - 17:00
Oslo, Norway
The City of Oslo (Norway) and ICLEI are partnering to host the 15th Procura+ Seminar on 21-22 March 2018, to bring together a diverse range of practitioners, experts and policy makers from across Europe.

Procurement is evolving rapidly and changing how public authorities across Europe purchase goods and services. Purchasing authorities are expected to professionalise procurement and take into account sustainability and innovation. Join Procura+ Network participants, key organisations working in the field and European Institutions at this event to unlock the untapped potential and opportunities within your own procurement plans, and learn skills needed to make better, strategic and more sustainable procurement decisions.

Participants will get the chance to hear from the City of Oslo on their new procurement strategy, and from the SPP Regions project partners on experiences of engaging with suppliers, applying circular procurement and using life cycle costing tools.

Detailed information about the Seminar will be made available on the Procura+ website. Please do not hesitate to contact at with any questions or if you would like to collaborate.