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BuyZET Transportation Mapping presented at transport conference

16 January 2018

During the Polis Conference (6-7 December 2017), the BuyZET project shared a stand with other urban freight CIVITAS projects, taking a great opportunity to network with more than 500 delegates and to distribute the report on the methods and results of the transportation footprint mapping exercise. The city transportation mapping work identifies high priority procurement areas and was carried out by the 3 core partner cities (Oslo, Rotterdam, Copenhagen).

On the 8th of December, during Polis Urban Freight Working Group meeting, Giacomo Lozzi from Polis presented the results of the transportation footprint mapping exercise and the priority procurement areas (Building and facility maintenance and repair services, Consolidation of deliveries, Industrial waste collection, Construction material transportation) selected by Oslo, Rotterdam, Copenhagen. Polis members showed interest in the approach proposed by BuyZET and contributed by sharing their feedback, their best practices in the field and partly put forward their interest in being part of BuyZET Interest Group.

The BuyZET community is growing! If you also want to join the BuyZET Interest Group, please write to procurement@iclei.org.

ICLEI-led 10YFP SPP working group to support SPP in East Asia

12 January 2018

The working group 1A, led by ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, has successfully selected 4 local governments in China and 1 in the Republic of Korea to support their procurement of eco-innovative products and services. In addition to practical support for procurement, WG1A aims to build on and strengthen an existing network of local authorities on Green Public Procurement (GPP) in East Asia, and work with local governments to monitor the impact of GPP.

In November 2017, Guiyang City, the first city in China to initiate and implement local regulations on circular economy and ecological civilization, signed political endorsement letter to show its strong commitment in joining WG1A project as a project pilot along with 3 other Chinese jurisdictions (Binhai New District, Guangming New District, Urumqi Economic and Technological Development Zone) and 1 Korean city (Suwon City) to scale up GPP uptake at local level.

At the beginning of 2018, ICLEI in cooperation with KEITI will measure and quantify the energy savings and GHGs reduction of GPP in Suwon City. For more information on the group's activities and objectives, visit the working group webpage or contact Mr. Philipp Tepper, ICLEI, philipp.tepper@iclei.org.

Make ICT Fair social procurement project to improve ICT supply chains

20 December 2017

A three-year EuropeAid project began in November 2017 entitled Make ICT Fair, which aims at improving the lives of workers and those impacted along different stages of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) supply chain through research, campaigning, capacity building and advocacy.

The project focuses on workers and communities associated with ICT supply chains, particularly in the Global South. When considering the size and scale of public expenditure, Europe’s public sector has the power to use procurement to create better working conditions in the global ICT industry and protect the rights of workers and communities from the mining sector to the assembly sector.

The project's activities will include outreach to public authorities to become involved in socially responsible public procurement. ICLEI is one of 11 project partners which include research institutions, regional and international NGOs and is led by Swedwatch.

For more information on the Make ICT Fair project, contact the ICLEI Sustainable Economy and Procurement team.

Report on how procurement can drive circular economy published

19 December 2017

The importance of circular procurement in the transition to a circular economy has been highlighted in a report by the Life+ project REBus entitled Harnessing Procurement to Deliver Circular Economy Benefits. The report highlights recommendations for initiating circular procurement, including how Green Deals on Circular Procurement in the Netherlands and Belgium provide useful frameworks for scaling up from pilots and encouraging the development of circular products. Collaboration with markets and suppliers, and capacity building, knowledge sharing and training are also identified as ways to achieve a circular economy.

The REBus project has published 10 case studies from organisations in the Netherlands showcasing pilots for circular procurement that have transformed their purchasing strategies to profitable, resilient and more resource efficient business models (REBMs).

The project also conducts pilot actions in the UK which have indicated that an increase in REBMs could offer the potential to create up to 3 million jobs in Europe, generate up to €324 billion in additional GVA, reduce raw material demand and greenhouse gas emissions.

For more information, visit the REBus website.

European Commission December GPP news alert online now

18 December 2017

The December edition of the European Commission's GPP news alert is now available online. The latest issue opens with the Green Deals initiative on Circular Procurement, which was recently launched in Flanders (Belgium). 101 procurers are already on board to test out new approaches to procurement.

This month’s interview features the Dr Nina Nesterova from TNO (the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research), on the BuyZET project's approach for mapping the most emissions-intensive procurement categories from transport activities in three big cities – Rotterdam, Copenhagen and Oslo.

The GPP News Alert good practice cases for December present the approaches and achievements of two 2017 Procura+ Awards winners: reusing and refurbishing furniture in a new office, from Public Health Wales (UK); and the purchase of towels, wash cloths and overalls made from recycled post-consumer textile fibres by the Dutch Ministry of Defence.

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

Online consultation on socially responsible procurement open

15 December 2017

The European Commission' DG GROW has announced an online consultation on the scope and structure of a guidance publication on socially responsible public procurement, updating its 2011 publication 'Buying Social - A guide on taking account of social considerations in public procurement'. Feedback is being sought on what type of guidance should be published, its outline, and how to make the best use of collected good practice. The results will influence the content of the new guide on socially responsible public procurement and possible complementary documents.

The targeted consultation is open until March 1st 2018 and is addressed to all stakeholders engaged in the policy and practice of socially responsible public procurement. This includes central and local government authorities, networks/clusters of public buyers, social economy enterprises and organisations, non-profits, NGOs, international organisations, trade unions, sectoral and suppliers' associations, and individuals from academia and the private sector.

Interested parties can view the consultation and submit a response via an online questionnaire in any of the EU's official languages.

For more information, visit the European Commission's consultations page.

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

12 December 2017

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 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 that drives investments, 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 said, "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.

High-level procurement conference tackles professionalisation

7 December 2017

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.

European Commission focuses on procurement issues of large buyers

6 December 2017

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.

ICLEI announces two major procurement events for 2018

5 December 2017

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.