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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.

Procurement message from Industrial Cities delivered to COP23

23 November 2017

Seven messages developed at a city-region climate conference held in Essen (Germany) have been delivered to the UN Climate Change Secretariat and at a COP23 event on cities with industrial legacies transitioning towards sustainability. The TWINS Conference Ruhr – Cities in Climate Change met from 6-8 November to discuss urban transitions towards sustainability allow industrial legacy cities to create vibrant, green economies and healthy local environments.

Among the environmental topics discussed in ‘world café’ style workshops on 7 November was how sustainable procurement and finance models could underpin cities’ transitions to sustainability. This workshop, facilitated by Philip Tepper from ICLEI’s Sustainable Economy and Procurement team, explored the public procurement challenges and opportunities for industrial cities. One of the TWINS Conference’s seven main messages delivered to COP23 on 9 November was that “Public authorities should be role models by internalizing the social and environmental costs when doing public procurement.”

The seven key messages were presented to Dhirendra Kumar of the UN Climate Change Secretariat by Karola Geiß-Netthöfel of the Ruhr Regional Association and Monika Zimmerman, Deputy Secretary General of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. ICLEI’s Secretary General Gino van Begin also presented the messages to an official side-event of COP23, Cities in Transition – industrial legacy for a low carbon future.

For more information, visit the TWINS conference website.

Final PPI4Waste newsletter and roadmap for innovation published

20 November 2017

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.

BuyZET project transport mapping identifies procurement priority areas

20 November 2017

The BuyZET project has released a series of reports on the methods and results of the transportation footprint mapping exercise that identifies high priority procurement areas. These procurement areas have the potential, through improved processes and supplier solutions, to impact upon the transportation footprint of a public authority.

The first step in mapping the transportation footprint is to identify and include all activities performed by cities that involve transportation. Each city within the BuyZET project – Copenhagen, Oslo and Rotterdam – has studied the transportation impacts of different types of procurement activities following different methodologies developed within the project. The three reports from Copenhagen, Oslo and Rotterdam are available here, as well as a consolidated summary of the results of the three reports.

Launched in November 2016, the BuyZET project is a partnership of cities aiming to achieve zero emission urban delivery of goods and services through procurement of innovation solutions and the development of city procurement plans.

For more information, visit the BuyZET website.

COP23: Global Lead Cities present Sustainable Procurement targets

11 November 2017

The Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement (GLCN on SP) came together at an event at the COP23 International Climate Conference in Bonn (Germany) on 11 November organised by the GLCN on SP coordinators ICLEI to present ambitious sustainable procurement targets.

Park Won Soon, Mayor of Seoul (South Korea) and chair of the GLCN on SP said: “Leaders of cities around the world convened in Seoul in April 2015 and agreed to launch a network of cities committed to 100 percent sustainable procurement. Much progress has been made since then and our interactions today will be the foundation on which we strive for a better, brighter, and more sustainable future.”

Mayor Park was joined by Governing Mayor Raymond Johansen from Oslo (Norway) and Executive Mayor of Tshwane (South Africa) Solly Msimanga, as well as representatives from Denver (USA), Cape Town (South Africa), Budapest (Hungary), Auckland (New Zealand) and Ghent (Belgium). The GLCN on SP is a group of 14 cities committed to drive a transition to sustainable consumption and production by implementing sustainable and innovation procurement.

For more information, visit the GLCN on SP website.

European Commission proposes Clean Mobility Package

10 November 2017

The European Commission has proposed new emissions targets in a Clean Mobility Package, comprising various measures including a Clean Vehicles Directive which promotes the uptake of sustainable transport solutions in public procurement. The Package is intended to contribute to the EU's commitments under the Paris Agreement, under which it must achieve a 40% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030.


In addition to the Clean Vehicles Directive, the Package proposes new CO2 standards for car manufacturers, an action plan for alternative fuels infrastructure, revised approaches to freight and passenger coach services and an initiative on batteries. The Clean Vehicles Directive includes targets for Member States, regions and cities aimed at using public procurement to stimulate an EU-wide market for low-emissions vehicles.

The announcement of the Clean Mobility Package coincides with the COP23 international climate conference in Bonn (Germany), and the Package will go through the EU's co-decision process in the coming months.

For more information on the Clean Mobility Package, including details of the proposed measures, visit the European Commission's DG Mobility and Transport website.

3rd High Level Event to take place at the COP23

3 November 2017

Participants of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement will come together in Bonn in November for the network’s 3rd High Level Event, at the COP23. The event will be held in the Cities & Regions Pavilion in the afternoon of 11 November (from 12.00 until 14.00). During the summit, high level city representatives will showcase the sustainable procurement activities and commitments which the participating cities have introduced, and the power these can have in addressing climate change.

Chair of the Network Mayor Park Won Soon of Seoul Metropolitan Government (Korea) will be joined at the event by political representatives including Governing Mayor Johansen of Oslo (Norway), Executive Mayor Msimanga of Tshwane (South Africa), and Mayor Bautista of Quezon City (Philippines). Deputy Mayor Sinnemäki of Helsinki (Finland), Vice Mayor Heyse of Ghent (Belgium), Councillor van der Merwe of Cape Town, and Councillor Hulse of Auckland (New Zealand) will also take the stage. The cities of Denver (United States) and Budapest (Hungary) will be represented by high level advisors. It will serve as an inspirational session for other Mayors and cities attending the COP23 to consider the power of sustainable procurement.

The Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement is an initiative launched by Seoul Metropolitan Government in partnership with ICLEI, with the support of the United Nations Environment Programme and the Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute.