ICLEI Europe hosts Korean GPP delegation

20 June 2017

ICLEI's European Secretariat hosted a delegation of Korean public sector and development organisations on 14 June to explore Green Public Procurement in policy and practice in European cities and regions. The delegation, organised by the Korean Environmental Industry and Technology Institute (KEITI), included representatives from Korean ministries, research institutes, city development corporations and several national agencies for tourism and shipping.

The visit focused on various aspects of sustainable public procurement, including GPP target setting, implementation strategies, monitoring mechanisms and the scope and definition of green product and service categories addressed by European GPP criteria. Mark Hidson, Global Director of ICLEI's Sustainable Procurement Centre, presented ICLEI's background in sustainable and innovation procurement and exemplified current GPP projects, platforms and initiatives on the European and global levels involving cities and local governments.

ICLEI and KEITI are partners in the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement, involving 14 cities acting as ambassadors for sustainable procurement to lead to a resource efficient, low carbon and socially responsible society. They also cooperate with UNEP on the 10 Year Framework Programme for Sustainable Consumption and Production.

For more information, visit the ICLEI Sustainable Economy and Procurement and KEITI websites.

BuyZET present at Brussels transport procurement workshop

16 June 2017

Zero-emission mobility project BuyZET hosted a session at an eafip workshop for public procurers in the transport sector in Brussels on 16 June. The BuyZET project focuses on achieving zero emission urban delivery of goods and services through innovative procurement approaches in city networks.

The event highlighted the benefits of innovation procurement of ICT solutions through Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) and Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI) approaches across Europe, with a particular focus on transport and mobility. Within the BuyZET session, ICLEI presented PPI experiences in the city of Rotterdam as project coordinator.

ICLEI's presentation also referred to the project’s recent recruitment drive for Observer Cities. Members of the BuyZET Observer City Group will be supported in applying the methodologies of the project, participating in expert meetings, engaging in peer review process on each city’s activities and establishing Buyers' Groups. Project funding is available to support the Observer Cities' activities and exchanges.

For more information and to download the agenda and presentations, visit the eafip website.

UNEP Global Review of Sustainable Public Procurement released

15 June 2017

The United Nations Environment Programme has released its review of the last five years of global procurement activity, building on the first edition released in 2013. Published in the context of the 10YFP Sustainable Public Procurement Programme, the report aims to track the global progress of SPP and to deepen the collective understanding of the current barriers, needs, opportunities and innovations to sustainable procurement.

SPP activities of ICLEI and the Procura+ network feature in the review, including an interview with ICLEI's Global Sustainable Procurement Centre Director, Mark Hidson. The city of Ghent, a Procura+ network participant, also features as one of four good practice case studies, charting its SPP activities including its successful introduction of key performance indicators and clear SPP targets.

The report identifies emerging topics and trends in SPP and considers the role of international organisations in supporting its implementation.

For more information and to download the report, visit the 10YFP's SCP Clearing House website.

GPP networking group launched at Catalan eco-innovation event

13 June 2017

The Catalan Green Public Procurement Networking Group was launched last month by the Catalan Government to promote more responsible and strategic procurement practices in the region. Announced during the third capacity-building event on Sustainable and eco-Innovative Public Procurement, the networking group will encourage coordination, exchange and collective action involving leading authorities to promote and implement green public procurement in Catalonia.

Sustainable and innovative procurement practice was presented at the event on 18 May by six public authorities, including the Catalan Government, Barcelona City Council, municipalities of Barcelona region, the Catalan Association of Towns and Counties, the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and the Catalan Institute for Energy. Examples of recent experiences included sustainability criteria, market engagement and introducing circular procurement across lighting, biomass, electric vehicles and other product categories.

Eco-innovative approaches to a range of services were also discussed, including security, cleaning and communications.

For more information about the Catalan Green Public Procurement Networking Group, contact Bettina Schaefer.

New EU GPP criteria for textiles issued

9 June 2017

The European Commission has published new GPP criteria for textiles products and services, updating criteria issued in 2012. The new criteria, which will be translated into all official languages in the coming months, are aimed at significantly reducing the environmental impact of textiles, and primarily address identified public spend categories in uniforms for military, health and emergency services.

Two sets of criteria are provided - core and comprehensive - which include technical specifications, selection and award criteria, and contract performance clauses. Core criteria will address the ease of applicability and administration of GPP, while comprehensive criteria are aimed public authorities seeking to achieve further environmental and innovation procurement objectives.

The criteria are expected to impact a number of environmental aspects of textiles, including increasing the procurement of recyclable, non-hazardous, non-shrinking textiles products, as well as maintenance services which extend the lifetime of textile products.

For more information and to download the criteria, visit the EU GPP helpdesk website. A webinar introducing the new criteria will be held on 28 June. To register, visit the ICLEI web-conferencing website.

Procura+ network showcases award-winning procurements

1 June 2017

Procura+ Award winners will share their experiences, tips and expert knowledge at an upcoming Procura+ webinar on 7 June from 14.30-16.00 (CEST). The webinar, entitled Award-winning procurements from the network, is aimed at local governments who may be eligible for the 2017 edition of the Procura+ Awards, which showcases sustainable and innovative procurement practices in European cities.

Copenhagen, Transport for London and the Dutch Ministry for Housing and Infrastructure will present their award winning procurement projects from 2016. The winning projects, which deal with sustainable sourcing of seasonal food, innovative lighting solutions for public transport and procurement approaches for sustainable infrastructure will be outlined and there will be an opportunity for participants to engage with representatives from each city.

Participants can join the webinar free of charge. The deadline for the submission of applications for the 2017 Procura+ Awards is 30 June.

For more information and to register, visit the ICLEI web conferencing website and the Procura+ website.

Webinar on European sustainability criteria for textiles on 28 June

30 May 2017

A webinar organised by the EU GPP Helpdesk will take place on Monday 28 June at 14:30-16:00 (CEST) and will focus on the newly updated EU GPP Criteria for Textile Products and Services. The Webinar will feature presentations from experts working on green procurement in the field of textiles, including from the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC).

It will provide insights from sectoral experts on the revision of the new European GPP criteria for textiles, and practical insights from public purchasers on how to overcome some of the challenges to implementing sustainable procurement policies in relation to textiles.

Details about the scope of new GPP guidance and its proposed solutions for the textiles product area will be up for discussion. These expert insights will be complemented by a selection of best practice experiences from European cities and regions. Participation is free of charge.

For more information, and to register for the webinar, visit the ICLEI registration page.

Join online: Seminar on SPP and reducing hazardous materials

26 May 2017

An international seminar aimed will be held from 30-31 May in Turku, Finland entitled Reduction of Hazardous Substances from urban sources – Strategies, tools and incentives for municipalities. The seminar, organised as part of the NonHazCity project will have a session on the use of public procurement at the municipal level to reduce the use of target substances in public premises.

ICLEI will present relevant examples from across its Procura+ network as to how cities can practically implement sustainable procurement, including criteria to reduce the use of hazardous products. Other speakers on the procurement session include NonHazCity project partners Turku and the Institute for Applied Ecosystem Research, Germany addressing the procurement challenges around hazardous substances and the effectiveness of ecolabels.

Examples from Finland, Austria and Denmark will be presented and the session will conclude with a discussion session. The seminar will be live streamed.

For more information, the full agenda and links for registration and joining the live stream visit the NonHazCity website.

SPP Regions project publishes new best practice report

23 May 2017

The SPP Regions project, which promotes SPP and PPI in European regional networks of municipalities, has released its Best Practice Report on Performance / Output Based Specifications. The report explores and explains Performance / Output Based Specifications (POBS) for Performance Based Contracting, reporting successful practices and outlining benefits and potential challenges.

Focusing on examples of best practice, the report exemplifies Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital Trust (UK) procuring an energy performance contract; the Danish Municipality of Hedensted procuring efficient heating and ventilation solutions and a London Fire Brigade (LFB) partnership with the City & Fire Brigade of Ghent in Belgium on the environmental performance of fire vehicle fleets.

The report also sets out the key steps in executing a POBS based tender, including a 12-step checklist and identifies potential challenges when using a POBS approach.

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

Circular Procurement in the Nordic countries - report published

18 May 2017

A report commissioned by the Nordic Council of Ministers outlining approaches to circular procurement in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland has been published. The study, entitled Circular Procurement in the Nordic Countries includes analysis and best practice case studies across sectors such as construction, waste, water management, food and catering, transport, furniture and textiles.

The report identifies that sustainable procurement could be a priority area for future Nordic cooperation, and points to potential opportunities and future challenges for Nordic countries in each of the sectors addressed. It argues that a successful Circular Economy approach will require strategic thinking and cooperation at all levels of government, and that continuous market dialogue between public administrations, business and other economic actors is required to promote circular procurement.

The study was jointly carried out by the Finnish Environment Institute, the Swedish Environmental Research Centre and the Copenhagen Resource Institute.

For more information and to download the report, visit the Copenhagen Resource Institute website.