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EU NGO Network on GPP holds GPP training session

27 June 2017

An EU NGO Network on Green Public Procurement training session took place in Brussels, Belgium on 20 June 2017. The network is coordinated by ICLEI Europe and aims to support NGOs in encouraging public procurers in their regions of operations to embrace GPP. The training included several activities to further strengthen the knowledge of green public procurement through discussion and working groups on several GPP related topics including ecolabels, green energy, food and catering and forest products.

Discussion groups focused on topics such as the steps in a procurement process, on how to organise a GPP awareness raising workshop and more generally on how to identify opportunities for public authorities to work on GPP. The event gathered more than 20 participants from various NGOs around Europe who shared their own experiences and knowledge on the topics addressed.

For more information on the EU NGO Network on GPP, including a summary of the training and downloadable presentations, on the SP Platform.

Urban metabolism webinar targets city procurers and waste experts

26 June 2017

The UrbanWINS project is hosting a webinar for local authorities, procurers and waste experts exploring the concept of urban metabolism, a circular economy approach to waste prevention and management. The webinar will focus on how urban metabolism can lead to a circular economy and increased sustainability for cities through strategic procurement and the use of innovative business models.

Leonardo Rosado, assistant professor at the University of Chalmers, Sweden, will present the urban metabolism approach and how the pilot cities taking part in UrbanWINS will use the results of the analysis. Line Brogaard, from the City of Copenhagen, will introduce the Urban Waste project and show how the city is using urban metabolism for tourism and waste management. Estela Grana from ICLEI Europe will give a sustainable procurement analysis of urban metabolism, and Paul Mul, sustainability consultant at Royal HaskoningDHV, will show the links between urban metabolism and circular cities.

The webinar will take place on 5 July, from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm (CEST).

For more information and to register, contact urbanwins@iclei.org or visit the GoToMeeting web-conferencing registration page.

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.

Webinar for European NGOs on influencing GPP now online

16 June 2017

The EU NGO Network on GPP held its first webinar in April 2017 on NGOs’ opportunities to influence Green Public Procurement and is now available online.

The webinar aimed to address the steps necessary to engage with public authorities on GPP, to identify potential tender opportunities and to include green aspects in tenders. Considering NGOs' role and influence, the webinar also addressed the possibilities NGOs have to contribute in the process of GPP criteria development. It also explored how tendering processes can represent an opportunity to influence GPP uptake and how NGOs can play an essential role in achieving this.

The EU NGO Network on GPP was established in 2016 to increase the uptake of GPP through the EU by building NGO capacity to support public authorities. The network currently has over thirty member organisations and has published a guide to introducing GPP for European NGOs.

For more information, visit the EU NGO Network for GPP page on the SP Platform. The webinar is available on the ICLEI Europe YouTube channel.

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.