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New EU GPP criteria for paints, varnishes and road-markings

29 January 2018

The European Commission's DG Environment has released new Green Public Procurement (GPP) criteria for paints, varnishes and road markings. The voluntary criteria, which cover both products and works, are aimed at prolonging the longevity and reducing the environmental impact of the production of products, proposes standards for public authorities to use in tendering.

A report commissioned by the European Commission found that 26% of the total EU paint market is procured by the public sector, the majority for social housing. The Commission seeks to use the criteria to promote circular economy approaches as a means of minimising the impact of production; reducing products' hazardous properties; promoting durable paints and road markings; and incentivising the minimisation of product wastage, including reuse and recycling.

The criteria are divided into core criteria for easy application of GPP and comprehensive criteria to support public authorities already using GPP to improve their environmental performance. The criteria, in English, will be translated into other official languages in the coming months.

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

Green Electronics Council releases Social Procurement guidance

22 January 2018

The Green Electronics Council (GEC) has released guidance on social procurement in the ICT sector. Entitled Purchasers' Guide for Addressing Labor and Human Rights Impacts in IT Procurements, the guidance is intended to be applied globally, and takes account of workers' and human rights legislation in various countries, including the USA, the UK and France.

The guide lists ten 'expectations of institutional purchasers' with regard to human rights, identifying aspects of due diligence which public procurers should be taking into consideration when purchasing goods and services. For each expectation, the guide sets out baseline and best practices and signposts to implementing relevant criteria, legislation and topic-specific guidance.

GEC is a non-profit organisation associated with eco-labelling in the IT sector. The guide aims to assist procurers in introducing labour and human rights related performance criteria in technical specifications, supplier selection and procurement award criteria, as well as in-contract performance clauses.

For more information and to download the Purchasers' Guide, visit the Green Electronics Council website.

BuyZET project presents transport mapping to Polis conference

16 January 2018

The BuyZET project, which aims to achieve zero emission deliveries through innovative procurement, has presented its transportation footprint mapping exercise at the Polis Conference and Urban Freight Working Group in December 2017 in Brussels (Belgium). Highlighting the importance of public procurement to achieving zero emissions in transport and mobility, the project shared a platform with other CIVITAS urban freight projects and presented to more than 500 delegates.

The transportation footprint mapping exercise identifies high priority procurement areas in order to build up a full picture of the emissions associated with public spend in the 3 core BuyZET partner cities - Oslo (Norway), Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Copenhagen (Denmark). The core partner cities then selected four priority procurement areas to be improved during the project, including building and facility maintenance and repair services; consolidation of deliveries; industrial waste collection; and construction material transportation.

Launched in November 2016, the BuyZET project is a partnership of cities aiming to achieve zero emission urban delivery of goods and services through understanding the full transport footprint and developing innovative procurement plans.

For more information, visit the BuyZET website.

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

12 January 2018

Working group 1A, led by ICLEI as part of the 10YFP on Sustainable Procurement, has 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 a political endorsement 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 through GPP in Suwon City. For more information on the group's activities and objectives, visit the working group webpage or contact Mr. Philipp Tepper at

Balearic Island SPP Network holds its second networking event

5 January 2018

Thirty-four participants from central, regional and local governments of the Balearic Islands attended the second SPP Networking event the 1st December 2017. The event was intended as a training and awareness raising event for the inclusion of environmental considerations in public procurement. The event was attended by environmental and procurement experts and other professionals in the sector.

The main objectives of the event were to learn more about ecolabels for the verification of environmental criteria, to understand how to introduce environmental considerations in different phases of the procurement process and to highlight the importance of communicating the benefits of possible achievements through GPP (green public procurement).

The Balearic Island Network on SPP has been established under the SPP Regions project, coordinated by ICLEI, which aims to promotes the creation and expansion of European regional networks of municipalities working together on sustainable public procurement (SPP) and public procurement of innovation (PPI).

To know more about the network’s activities and event please contact Bettina Schaefer.

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.