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Setting landmarks: anchoring GPP in education and training in Germany

28 February 2013

Although public authorities in Germany have been taking environmental aspects into account in tendering for a long time, the topic of green public procurement (GPP) is still not anchored in the professional education of civil servants. ICLEI and Öko-Institut teamed up and developed a tailor-made training concept for these training academies and carried out eight train-the-trainer workshops in 2012.

The project was supported by the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) and the Ministry for Environment (BMU). Setting landmarks introduced concepts and methods for implementing GPP in practice and introducing GPP into the curricula by providing training to several training academies, including the teachers at the Public Authority School Bremen and the Competence Centre for Sustainable Procurement at the Ministry of Interior.

Key topics addressed included how to use the pre-procurement phase to work with the market on green products and services and how to use environmental criteria at the tendering process. Setting landmarks also developed an online tool for procurers for the assessment of life cycle costs and related emissions such as CO2, nitrogen dioxides and particulate matters. The tool is available online and can be used free of charge.

For more information, click here. (in German)

Sustainable procurement on the agenda at 7th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns

26 February 2013

Hosted by the City of Geneva (Switzerland) and jointly organised by ICLEI Europe and the ESCT Preparatory Committee, the 7th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns (17- 19 April 2013) will focus on governance and finance for sustainable development. The conference will look at future scenarios regarding growth for Europe and address the potential of an economy that bridges environmental, social and financial problems.

Governance structures as well as sustainable financing options will be addressed by high-level political representatives and other experts. The conference will see plenary sessions as well as breakout sessions on around 30 topics. Sustainable procurement will be featured in several of these break-out sessions, with topics including: Sustainable Procurement in practice, multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral approaches in sustainable consumption, how public-private partnerships can help to implement sustainable actions, industrial ecology, and from the concept to practices.

The conference will be a valuable opportunity for decision makers from various levels of government, representatives from UN and European institutions, NGOs as well as researchers to present, discuss and exchange best practices and experiences.

For more information, click here.

Stakeholders invited to participate in “Televisions” Ecolabel review

21 February 2013

A study to inform the revision of the EU Ecolabel criteria for the product group ‘Televisions’ is being launched by the Joint Research Centre's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC-IPTS). Relevant stakeholders are invited to take part in the process.

Frequent consultation with experts, manufacturing company stakeholders, consumer organisations and NGOs is foreseen throughout the revision process. Stakeholders will be regularly informed about the progress of the study, will have access to preliminary results and draft documents and will be invited to respond to questionnaires and participate at stakeholder meetings.

The review is intended to update the EU Ecolabel criteria so that it effectively reduces energy consumption, lowers environmental damage related to the use of natural resources, and reduces the quantities of hazardous substances used in manufacturing. All background information, as well as announcements of ad-hoc working group meetings, will soon be available on the project website.

For more information, contact JRC-IPTS-TELEVISIONS@ec.europa.eu.

Welsh procurement awards seek to commend outstanding national procurement

19 February 2013

The Welsh National Procurement awards are searching for nominees. Individuals, teams, projects, actions, initiatives or contracts can be nominated for the award, which acknowledges leadership, excellence and outstanding achievement in procurement. The ceremony takes place on 22 March in Conwy (Wales). Nomination forms are available to download online.

The awards aim to find those procurers that are innovative, drive public procurement progress, influence change, and implement procurement policy in a way that delivers real environmental, social and economic benefits for Wales. The 10 award categories cover outstanding procurement leadership, sustainable procurement and procurement student of the year.

Each award will be peer-judged by a panel of five independent procurement professionals. Up to two winners may be selected per category, and each winner will receive a ICPS/Welsh Government glass trophy and a Welsh National Procurement Award certificate. Winners will also receive significant press coverage.

For more information, click here.

Stakeholders invited to participate in EU GPP criteria revision for road construction, maintenance and traffic signs

14 February 2013

A study to inform the revision process of the existing EU GPP criteria for the product group of road construction, maintenance and traffic signs is currently being launched by the Joint Research Centre's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC-IPTS). To ensure the review is comprehensive, all concerned parties are invited to contribute, such as manufacturers, trade bodies, the supply chain industry, consumer organisations and NGOs.

Similar to other product groups worked on by JRC-IPTS, participating stakeholders will be regularly informed about the progress of the study, will have access to preliminary results and draft documents and will be invited to respond to questionnaires and participate at stakeholder meetings.

The purpose of the revision is to have updated, clear and ambitious environmental criteria, based on a life-cycle approach and scientific evidence base. Environmental, safety, technical and functional aspects will also be considered during the process. All background information, as well as announcements of ad-hoc working group meetings will be available soon on the project’s official website.

For more information, contact: JRC-IPTS-ROADS@ec.europa.eu.

Intelligent Energy Europe call focuses attention on GPP, energy performance contracting

12 February 2013

The 2013 Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) call for proposals places an emphasis on Green Public Procurement (GPP) as a means to support the implementation of actions in local sustainable energy plans. The specific inclusion of GPP within the call reinforces the value of GPP in achieving broader policy objectives in a range of fields.

The call also seeks to further develop Energy Performance Contracting (EPC), a contractual agreement for a specified level of energy efficiency improvements in the refurbishment of buildings, which is referred to as yet to be “developed to its full potential” within Europe. This year's IEE priorities aim to increase transparency and trust In the EPC market, and to remove barriers to its uptake.

€65 million are available for funding under the 2013 call. The Intelligent Energy - Europe II Programme aims to foster energy efficiency and the rational use of energy resources; support energy diversification; and promote energy efficiency and renewable energy sources in transport. The call closes for most actions on 8 May 2013. If you are submitting a proposal and are looking for a partner organisation, please contact procurement@iclei.org.

For more information, click here.

Delivering efficiency, quality & sustainability in healthcare through innovation procurement

7 February 2013

Given the large scale and consumption of the health-care sector, necessitated by its 24/7 operation hours, CO2 emissions are high. In response to this, the LCB-HEALTHCARE project tested innovation procurement and carbon reduction methodologies within hospitals in four countries; England, the Netherlands, Norway and Poland. The project, which ended in October 2012, recently published its experiences and lessons learned.

10 main lessons were uncovered, ranging from the necessity of understanding potential future needs, to involving users in the procurement process, to finding the best value as opposed to the lowest price. The advantages of being an ambitious customer and asking for what is needed, rather than what is currently possible, was also emphasised. The guidance is complete with case study examples from European health-care centres.

Through increasing procurement of innovation it was demonstrated that tangible benefits arise to both patients and the environment. Dr Jonathan Frost, Industry Chairman of the LCB-HEALTHCARE Steering Group, said: “Companies and investors will innovate and invest to provide cost effective solutions to meet our needs. But, only if policies and the behaviour of customers support the business case for their investment. This means changing the way [the healthcare sector] engages with suppliers and plans and manages purchasing.”

To view the document, click here.

UK university embraces sustainable purchasing

4 February 2013

Liverpool Hope University is pushing relevant staff to be more sustainable when purchasing goods and services. The British university has put in place a sustainable procurement policy which ensures the wider environment, local businesses and the community are taken into account when purchasing. The policy is being communicated across the university to promote awareness among staff and students.

The main provisions of the policy include investigating all university spending to identify possibilities to reduce environmental impacts, pushing suppliers to improve production processes and to supply more environmentally products, and encouraging local and regional business, SMEs and ethnic minority businesses to bid for appropriate work.

Staff will also be provided guidance and training to adopt more sustainable purchasing policies, and will be asked to thoroughly assess the need for the product or service and, once established, adopt best practice (reduce, re-use and recycle) in their buying decisions. Staff will also ensure tender documents include questions about suppliers’ environmental performance and develop corresponding assessment criteria, including whole life costing, to evaluate suppliers’ bids.

For more information, click here.