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Low-Carbon Procurement in Practice
19 April 2016, 12.00 - 17.00
The EU-funded GPP 2020 project will hold its final conference on 19 April 2016 in Brussels (Belgium). Through the new tenders implemented by the project's purchasing partners, the project has saved 250,000 tonnes of of carbon dioxide. Procurers from European local authorities are encouraged to attend and learn from the project's experiences.
The free event will look back on the project's activities over the past three years and reflect on the capacity for low-carbon public procurement to make a dramatic reduction on Europe's carbon emissions. GPP2020 partners will present their ideas and achievements in procuring supplies, services, and contracting.
Participants will be able to learn from these experiences through a market format. The first round of the market will be split into different aspects of low-carbon public procurement, such as calculating energy savings and tender models for replication. The second round will look at GPP 2020 experiences in Austria, Croatia, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain.
For more information, visit gpp2020.eu
Circular Procurement: the next step
20 - 22 April 2016
From 20-22 April 2016 the Dutch Government, Rijkswaterstaat, will host an international congress named 'Circular Procurement: the next step' in Amsterdam (the Netherlands). The congress will bring together policy makers and practitioners from all levels within the public sector with suppliers and representatives from around the world. Participation in the event is free.
The congress is organised in collaboration with the UNEP Programme on Sustainable Public Procurement and ICLEI, as well as the EU projects REBUS, SPP Regions, GPP2020 and the Dutch Green Deal Circular Procurement. It aims to promote international cooperation through concrete action, by demonstrating the powerful link between sustainable procurement and the path towards a more circular economy.
The event will include workshops workshops on circular indicators, monitoring, and business models; group discussions on circular procurement and next steps for implementation; and networking opportunities including a dinner and tour of Amsterdam's canals.
Registration will open in January 2016. For more information, contact email@example.com
PPI4Waste International Workshop on Innovative Waste Solutions
26 April 2016, 14:00 - 20:30
The PPI4Waste State of the Art workshop will take place on 26 April 2016 in Bilbao (Spain). The event bring together public procurers, suppliers and consultants in the field of waste management from all over Europe to discuss procurement needs and showcase state of the art solutions for specific areas of waste management.
The event will feature a number of different sessions, including opportunities for public procurers and international suppliers to speak about their procurement needs, upcoming tenders and state of the air solutions that are already available.
Additionally, a series of roundtables focussing on issues such as bulky waste collection and management, plastic separation, and bio-waste collection will give procurers and suppliers the opportunity to discuss these issues directly with one another. Participation in the workshop is free of charge, but registration is required. The event includes a coffee break and networking drink.
For more information and to register, click here.
Expert Dialogue for Sustainable Wood Procurement (in German)
26 April 2016, 9.00 - 16.30
The Department for Urban Development and Environment of the Berlin Senate and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) GmbH together with the European Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition are going to lead the 2nd Expert Dialogue about "Public procurement of sustainable wood in the Land of Berlin" on 26 April 2016.
A recent study by the Berlin Senate Environmental Management has documented that high environmental benefits and cost savings can be achieved through sustainable procurement implementation. The purchase of certified wood products delivers these benefits, as well as forest management improvement and knowledge in developing and emerging countries.
This event aims to provide concrete assistance for the implementation of sustainable procurement of wood in accordance with the mandatory values of the Berlin Administrative Regulation "procurement and the environment". It will focus on measures to ensure the implementation of the procurement of sustainable wood, whilst strengthening awareness and building the necessary knowledge on early detection methods. The event will be held in German.
For more information, download and read the programme (in German), visit the website or write an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns
27 - 29 April 2016
Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain
The 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns, the flagship conference on local sustainable development in Europe, is taking place from 27-29 April 2016 in Bilbao, Basque Country.
Organised by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, the Basque Government, Bizkaia County Council and Bilbao City Council, with the involvement of Udalsarea 21 - Basque Network of Municipalities for Sustainability, this year’s edition will bring together local and regional government representatives, European and international institutions, multilateral organisations, members of the research community, business leaders, and civil society.
The conference will demonstrate the urgent need for actions by local governments in shaping Europe’s future and will allow participants to capitalise on the positive momentum for transforming cities into truly sustainable areas. The Sustainable Development Goals and the results of COP 21 in Paris (France) will be reflected in the discussions, as well as the emerging Urban Agenda for Europe and the upcoming UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development HABITAT III.
For more information, contact Basque2016@iclei.org and follow #Basque2016 on Twitter.