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Last chance to give feedback: survey on EU public procurement

10 May 2019

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the Council of European Municipalities (CEMR) are conducting a consultation on the 2014 Directives on Public Procurement. The consultation is open until Monday, 13 May 2019.

The 2014 Directives introduced a number of changes in the European legal framework for public procurement. These changes include new procedures to reduce red tape and provide easier access for SMEs, as well as stronger provisions on integrity and transparency, which target corruption and fraud, and a new focus on the role of public procurement in achieving policy goals in innovation, environmental protection and social inclusion.

Considering the key role of subnational governments in local public markets, through their spending on goods and services, construction and public works, the CoR has started to analyse the challenges and opportunities faced by regions and cities in implementing the new legal framework.

This consultation is being conducted by the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) and the CoR. By responding to this survey, you will help to identify these key challenges and to gather the views of regions and cities on the types of policy needed to overcome them.

The CoR is expected to publish the survey results in May 2019 in a summary paper that will be circulated to all respondents. The results will also be presented at a workshop organised by the CoR, addressing strategic public orcurement at the regional and local level. The workshop is taking place on May 15, in Brussels (Belgium). Find more information here. The results will also feed into the CoR opinion on the implementation of the 2014 Directives on public procurement

Find the consultation here.

Public ICT Procurement Germany: new commitment to comply with labor & social standards

9 May 2019

In a joint initiative, the Procurement Office of the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BeschA) and the digital association Bitkom have updated the purchasing conditions for socially sustainable procurement of ICT products and services for the German context.

The updated version extends the obligations of suppliers and resellers of ICT products and services to respect fair working conditions even further than before. In production, the ILO core labor standards, such as the ban on child and slave labor, non-discrimination and the right to collective bargaining, have long been considered. In addition, standards for occupational safety and use of chemicals, minimum wages, weekly working hours and social security apply.

Also, the verification requirements for companies become more stringent. According to the declaration, public procurers in the federal, state and local governments will be able to check whether large-scale contracts up to the third stage of the supply chain are transparent and review whether social labor standards have been complied with in the production of the procurement item.

Advancing social responsibility in the ICT sector showcases how procurement can harness the leverage for postive change e.g. tackling adverse issues such as forced labor. ICLEI works on this challenge as part of the Make ICT Fair project, piloting socially responsible tenders across Europe.

Access the full declaration here.

French cuisine in 2022: 50% of food in canteens must be sustainable

3 May 2019

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine thy food” – this well-known quote by Hippocrates seems to become reality in France. Earlier this year, the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food has announced that 50% of food served in canteens must be organic, sustainable, or of a specific quality by 2022.

Reaching the 50% mark by 2022 on a national level is ambitious. Together with a few other countries such as Italy, France is a frontrunner in Europe with regards to commitments made towards sustainable food.

What does this mean for public procurement? Focusing on nutritional quality of meals the national target implies a shift on how food for canteens is purchased. A challenge will be to translate the national target into local action, e.g. enabling resource-strained schools to seize the opportunity to familiarise the youth with healthy eating habits.

Therefore, learning from existing good practice is key. ICLEI’s work on sustainable public procurement spans across sectors, part of which is sustainable food procurement. With projects such as INNOCAT the wider aim is to encourage the uptake of local, seasonal, organic and nutritious food through support for local public procurers. For guidance on how to realise sustainable food procurement consult the Procura+ Manual as well as the Sustainable Procurement Resource Centre on the topic of food and catering.

Read more about France’s target here.

Boring no more! Procurement key topic at URBAN FUTURE Conference

30 April 2019

The URBAN FUTURE global conference is dedicated exclusively to CityChangers – decision makers who actively, passionately and effectively make cities more sustainable. In 2019 the  event will be held in Oslo, the European Green Capital 2019, where ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability are proud to be representing the power of green public procurement.

Mark Hidson, Global Director of ICLEI's Sustainable Procurement Centre will be speaking in the plenary 'Boring no more: the number 1 tool for cities to initiate change', while Procura+ members including Copenhagen, Rijkswaterstaat, Nantes, and Oslo will share their first hand experiences of the potential of GPP. 

Urban Future believes, that what is most important for solving the urban challenges are the people driving positive change. Join #UFGC19 in Oslo and become part of the CityChangers-movement!

Find the full programme and information on registration here.

BuyZET project: final conference on zero emission vehicle procurement

26 April 2019

The BuyZET project is glad to announce that the BuyZET final event will take place on 14 May 2019 in Brussels (Belgium). The draft agenda is available here.

In CIVITAS BuyZET, three Procura+ and ICLEI member cities (Copenhagen, Rotterdam and Oslo) are testing new smart procurement approaches to influence the transportation footprint of purchased services, goods and vehicles.

These are concrete actions needed to achieve CO2-free city logistics by 2030, one of the main objectives of the European Commission Transport White Paper of 2011.

The event will be an opportunity to discover and discuss the tools and recommendations developed by BuyZET. In addition, the event will also look at the new rules for the public procurement of clean vehicles in the revision of the Clean Vehicles Directive.

Attendance is free of charge. Register here by Monday 6 May!

Are you a public authority and you would like to attend? Contact the organisers (Giacomo Lozzi, glozzi@polisnetwork.eu), as they might be able to reimburse your travel costs.

Market Engagement: City of Haarlem pioneers socially responsible ICT hardware

25 April 2019

Public procurers meet suppliers and resellers in a dedicated space to discuss an upcoming tender that is ambitious with regards to sustainability criteria. This simple idea of market engagement takes place as a series as part of the Make ICT Fair project. More specifically, the Meet the Buyer format brings together public procurers and suppliers in the field of ICT to discuss upcoming tenders of the pilot authorities that aim to pioneer social responsibility and transparency in supply chains. 

At the recent event in Haarlem, Netherlands, the municipality presented details on a future workplace hardware tender and the respective criteria focussing on social responsibility. In addition, Electronics Watch gave introduction on what is means and how to achieve more transparency and improve worker’s rights across a supply chain. The exchange was stimulated by pitch slams of suppliers such as CHG Meridian, HP and Closing the Loop focussing on their first response to the presented tender format. In addition, the event offered room for discussion in a world café format. Different public authorities were then able to connect to the attending resellers/suppliers. 

Key take aways from the event are that there is significant interest from both procurers and supplier/reseller perspective to advance the social responsibility of ICT products and services. Also, the discussion evolved around applying circularity as the service model to the supply-chain of ICT. 


Looking ahead, Gemeente Haarlem will publish the tender soon and thus add to the pioneers of procuring socially responsible ICT hardware. Learn more about ICLEI's work in the Make ICT Fair project here

 

Celebrating Earth Day - what can procurement do?

22 April 2019

22nd April -  Earth Day. First celebrated in 1970, the day is devoted to call for environmental protection, to reflect on the dependence of our social and economical systems to nature and to re-think how daily actions and decisions can help support biodiversity, Greenhouse Gas emission reduction and pollution. 

What can procurement do? The idea is to use public sector procurement or purchasing to protect the environment, also called Green Public Procurement (GPP). It is an approach that harnesses the importance of public sector spending on goods and services as leverage that can be used for reduction of environmental pollution. 
 
More specifically this means to adapt the tender process using for instance the new EU GPP Criteria, which are designed for different sectors such as transport, cleaning products or textiles. Previous cases such as procurement of low carbon vehicles for Procura+ Participant the Government of Catalonia show that using this approach really made a difference with 7166,7 t/CO2 reduction and 2120 (toe) Energy reduction.
 
To learn more about how GPP can enable procurers to safeguard ecosystems and thus really can make a difference consult the Buying Green Handbook, the GPP Criteria list and guidance as well as ICLEI’s Sustainable Procurement Resource Centre.

UN calls for urgent rethink as resource use skyrockets

11 April 2019

Rapid growth in extraction of materials is the chief culprit in climate change and biodiversity loss – a challenge that will only worsen unless the world urgently undertakes a systemic reform of resource use, according to a new report, prepared by the International Resource Panel and UN Environment.

Global Resources Outlook 2019 examines the trends in natural resources and their corresponding consumption patterns since the 1970s to support policymakers in strategic decision-making and transitioning to a sustainable economy.  According to the report, “the extraction and processing of materials, fuels and food make up about half of total global greenhouse gas emissions and more than 90 per cent of biodiversity loss and water stress”. More specifically, the use of metal ores increased by 2.7 per cent annually and the associated impacts on human health and climate change doubled during 2000-2015. Fossil fuel usage went from 6 billion tonnes in 1970 to 15 billion tons in 2017. Biomass increased from 9 billion tonnes to 24 billion tonnes – mostly for food, feedstock and energy.

The report argues that resource efficiency is essential, though not enough on its own. “What is needed is a move from linear to circular flows through a combination of extended product life cycles, intelligent product design and standardization and reuse, recycling and remanufacturing,” it says.

This transition can be accelerated through changes at the level of regulations, technical standards, planning and procurement policies that act to progressively lower resource intensity of economic activity while maintaining or improving the services or amenity provided. In the case of procurement, impact can be achieved through the application of green, socially responsible and circular policies at the specifications, criteria or clauses level. Get to know more through ICLEI's Sustainable Procurement Resource Centre.

If the recommended measures are implemented, it could accelerate economic growth, outweighing the up-front economic costs of shifting to economic models consistent with holding global warming to 1.5°C this century.

Read the full report here.

Read the summary for policy makers here.

Procurers, have your say about the 2014 Public Procurement Directives

8 April 2019

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the Council of European Municipalities are conducting a consultation on the 2014 Directives on Public Procurement.

The 2014 Directives introduced a number of changes in the European legal framework for public procurement. These changes include new procedures to reduce red tape and provide easier access for SMEs, as well as stronger provisions on integrity and transparency, which target corruption and fraud, and a new focus on the role of public procurement in achieving policy goals in innovation, environmental protection and social inclusion.

Considering the key role of subnational governments in local public markets, through their spending on goods and services, construction and public works, the CoR has started to analyse the challenges and opportunities faced by regions and cities in implementing the new legal framework.

This consultation is being conducted by the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) and the CoR. By responding to this survey, you will help to identify these key challenges and to gather the views of regions and cities on the types of policy needed to overcome them.

The CoR is expected to publish the survey results in May 2019 in a summary paper that will be circulated to all respondents. The results will also feed into the CoR opinion on the implementation of the 2014 Directives on public procurement

Find the consultation here.

Procurement Forum hits the 5,000 member milestone

3 April 2019

We are proud to share with you that ICLEI's Procurement Forum reached a new milestone: 5,000 members!


3,000 members ago, we called it a small village – it now has grown further into a small town. And what a town it is – with members from various countries, organisations and sectors.


On the forum, there are many different active groups discussing topics such as sustainable transport, social responsibility, EU GPP criteria, circular or innovation procurement. Also, it helps to keep track of relevant events related to procurement across sectors, for example, circular cities, ICT or health. It is a dedicated space for the exchange between procurers across public authorities and those interested in the topic.


We think it is a worthy occasion to appreciate the diversity of themes procurement is involved in and thank the active community driven to advance their work through exchange on innovation, sustainability and circularity.
Let’s keep it up and spread the word!

 

Join the Forum here.