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ICLEI launches 2017 Procura+ Awards

30 March 2017

ICLEI has launched the 2017 Procura+ Awards, which reward sustainable and innovative public procurements leading to significant improvements of public good, services, process and infrastructure.

Procura+ Awards highlight sustainable and innovation procurements and tender procedures. The competition gives visibility to the most dynamic, forward-looking and innovative public authorities and their initiatives.



The 2016 edition of the Procura+ Awards saw the City of Copenhagen (Denmark), Transport for London (UK) and Rijkswaterstaat (Netherlands) win awards for Sustainable Procurement of the Year, Innovation Procurement of the Year and Tender Procedure of the Year, respectively.

The 2017 Procura+ Awards ceremony will be held at the Third Major eafip Event on Innovation Procurement in Tallinn, Estonia on 17 October. Winners will be featured in a variety of ICLEI publications and web platforms, and at the next EcoProcura conference.

For more information and to download an application form, visit the Procura+ website

Consultation on GPP for Data Centres open

30 March 2017

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) is consulting interested stakeholders on the development of EU Green Public Procurement criteria for Data Centres. The criteria produced through this initiative will feed into the Commission's overarching GPP objective to have updated, clear and ambitious environmental criteria, based on a life-cycle approach and a scientific evidence base.


Interested stakeholders can include manufacturers, supply chain industry, consumer organizations, NGOs, procurers and others. Input is invited both on core criteria for contracting authorities addressing the primary environmental impact of public procurement across the member states, while comprehensive criteria will be developed to assist procurers to purchase the most environmentally sustainable products available.

Currently a "scope survey" questionnaire is available for comments until 10 April 2017 to stakeholders who register on the JRC website, where questionnaires and details of stakeholder meetings will be made available.

For more information and to register, visit the JRC GPP Data Centres website or contact the project team.

March 2017 European Commission GPP newsletter published

28 March 2017

The March 2017 edition of the European Commission's Green Public Procurement newsletter has been published, featuring updates and new resources on GPP across current projects, networks and events.

This edition features a case study on a Purchasing Framework on energy efficient computer hardware in the Scottish public sector, and the Dutch city of Wageningen's circular procurement concept for furniture in public buildings. An interview with ARPA Piemonte's Marco Glisoni on regional networking in public procurement is also featured.


New resources on market engagement, tender models for energy efficiency and criteria for ICT hardware are available via the newsletter, along with a report from a Rebus and ECAP initiative webinar on Circular Procurement.
The European Commission's GPP website is a comprehensive resource for public procurers with detailed guidance, case studies and explanations of GPP legislation and initiatives affecting the full range of service and goods categories involved in public procurement.

For more information and to download the newsletter, visit ec.europa.eu/gpp.

SPP and Circular Procurement webinar - available online

22 March 2017

A webinar on "Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) and the Circular Economy", organised by REBus and ECAP, hosted by ICLEI– Local Governments for Sustainability and supported by UNEP, took place on 13 March and is now available to view online.

Aimed at demystifying the concept of Circular Procurement for a cross-sectoral audience with varying levels of involvement with SPP, the webinar used best practice examples from the REBus and European Clothing Action Plan (ECAP) projects. Pointers for various sectors from ICT to construction were also discussed.

Current priorities for the European Commission in Circular Procurement and the related area of GPP were set out by a representative from DG Environment, including a reminder of the 2nd Circular Procurement Congress which will take place in Tallinn on 19 October. Also discussed were the recent activities of Working Group 4c on "Promoting Resource Efficient Business Models and a Circular Economy", including details of training resources and e-learning modules.

The recorded webinar is now available to view on the SP Platform.

BuyZET project aims to lower transport emissions of procurement activities

17 March 2017

The BuyZET project is a partnership of cities aiming to achieve zero emission urban delivery of goods and services through changes to their procurement practices. The cities of Rotterdam, Oslo and Copenhagen will study the transportation impacts of different types of procurement activities using methodologies developed within the project. Based on these results, each city will then identify two priority procurement areas to focus on.

For each procurement priority area, the cities will explore potential innovative procurement solutions through market dialogue, engaging with other cities, exploring best practice from across Europe, and forming buyers groups to launch joint or collaborative procurement actions. At the end of this process plans will be developed for each procurement area, to be implemented by the cities in the coming years.

Outcomes from the project will include new procurement plans for each priority area in each city, a methodology for mapping the procurement transportation footprint, a BuyZET Implementation Handbook and input into EU policy making and relevant working groups.

Southampton and the Brussels Capital Region are also participating as Observer Cities and will aim to implement the project activities as well. The project, launched in November 2016, is co-ordinated by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, with the support of Polis and TNO. The project will end in April 2019, with procurement transportation and emission footprint reports for each city the first major project delivery in July 2017.

State of the Art report on market engagement published

15 March 2017

The SPP Regions project has released its State of the Art report on market engagement, aimed at guiding public procurers in engaging with suppliers in the context of procurement projects where input from the market can improve procurement outcomes.

The report contains practical advice and guidance, using examples of successful processes and actions to demonstrate how market engagement works, including the risks, resources required and first steps for public authorities.

Detailing the various points in the procurement process that procurers can engage with the market, the State of the Art report provides examples of formats for engaging with suppliers. These include 'meet the buyer' events, supplier information days and other networking and briefing events with illustrative case studies from across Europe. The report also points to how sustainability objectives can be achieved through the market engagement process.

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

SPP Regions publish new tender models

9 March 2017

The SPP Regions project has published two new tender models in self-regulating LED lighting and in joint procurement of renewable energy.
Piedmont Region, the City of Turin and ARPA Piedmont collaborated in the purchasing via a framework contract of 500 GWh of energy from certified renewable sources, realising 150,000 tonnes of CO² savings as well as significant financial savings. The joint procurement approach resulted in a reduction in unit cost of 8% and the power procured can be used by 300 organisations across the region.

Turin Polytechnic's tender model details a pilot procurement of 16 LED installations at its Department of Control and Computer Science. The self-regulating LED tubes communicate between themselves to give uniform brightness and respond to changes in daylight and the presence of people. The pilot is intended to reduce both energy consumption and maintenance costs.

Both projects were completed under the framework of the APE GPP network, based in Turin. If you are interested in joining SPP Regions as a regional network, email the project coordinators.

The tender models and more information can be found on the SPP Regions website.

European Green Public Procurement NGO network issues GPP guide

1 March 2017

The European GPP NGO Network has published its Green Public Procurement Guide for NGOs, aimed at enabling NGOs to encourage public procurers to embrace GPP principles and processes. The 16-page guide provides GPP ideas in four key GPP sectors: food and catering, road vehicles, energy-consuming products and buildings.

Transferable examples of GPP projects completed by local authorities and other public agencies from across the EU are presented as case studies.
No previous knowledge of the procurement legislative context or prior engagement with GPP is required to use the guide, which also contains useful facts and figures demonstrating the budgetary and environmental benefits to local authorities of implementing GPP principles in their procurement processes.

Practical advice on how NGOs can approach local authorities with low awareness, commitment to or capacity in GPP is provided alongside a resource list and testimonials on how embracing GPP has impacted cities and NGOs.

For more information visit ec.europa.eu and download the guide from the Sustainable Procurement Platform.