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BuyZET to present at Brussels transport procurement workshop

24 May 2017

Zero-emission mobility project BuyZET will host a session at an upcoming 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 will highlight 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 will present PPI experiences in the city of Rotterdam as project coordinator.

ICLEI's presentation will also refer 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 register for the workshop, visit the eafip website.

Performance Based Contracting: Best Practice report published

23 May 2017

The SPP Regions project, which promotes SPP and PPI in European regional networks of municipalities, has released its Best Practice Report on Performance Output Based Specifications. The report explores and explains Performance Output Based Specifications (POBS) for Performance Based Contracting, reporting successful practices and outlining benefits and potential challenges.

Focusing on examples of best practice, the report exemplifies Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital Trust (UK) procuring an energy performance contract; the Danish Municipality of Hedensted procuring efficient heating and ventilation solutions and a London Fire Brigade (LFB) partnership with the City & Fire Brigade of Ghent in Belgium on the environmental performance of fire vehicle fleets.

The report also sets out the key steps in executing a POBS based tender, including a 12-step checklist and identifies potential challenges when using a POBS approach.

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

Circular Procurement in the Nordic countries - report published

18 May 2017

A report commissioned by the Nordic Council of Ministers outlining approaches to circular procurement in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland has been published. The study, entitled Circular Procurement in the Nordic Countries includes analysis and best practice case studies across sectors such as construction, waste, water management, food and catering, transport, furniture and textiles.

The report identifies that sustainable procurement could be a priority area for future Nordic cooperation, and points to potential opportunities and future challenges for Nordic countries in each of the sectors addressed. It argues that a successful Circular Economy approach will require strategic thinking and cooperation at all levels of government, and that continuous market dialogue between public administrations, business and other economic actors is required to promote circular procurement.

The study was jointly carried out by the Finnish Environment Institute, the Swedish Environmental Research Centre and the Copenhagen Resource Institute.

For more information and to download the report, visit the Copenhagen Resource Institute website.

Cities invited to join the BuyZET City Observer Group

17 May 2017

New cities are invited to join the BuyZET project City Observer Group to gain access to useful resources and the project’s activities. The BuyZET project is a partnership of cities aiming to achieve zero emission urban delivery of goods and services through innovative procurement approaches.

The project encourages cities to join as Observer Cities alongside Brussels and Southampton already working closely with the project. By joining the EU-funded project, cities will get the chance to learn from other’s experiences in implementing zero emissions urban delivery of goods and services by engaging closely with the project.

Members of the BuyZET Observer City Group will get support in applying the methodologies of the project, participate in expert meetings, engage in peer review process on each city’s activities and join or form Buyers' Groups. Funding is available to support Observer City activities.

For more information, visit the BuyZET website. If you are interested in joining BuyZET as an Observer City, contact procurement@iclei.org

EU-Taiwan GPP seminar held in Taipei

10 May 2017

The 2017 EU-Taiwan Green Public Procurement Seminar, involving 150 participants from Europe and Taiwan, has taken place in Taipei. Organised as part of the European Business and Regulatory Cooperation (EBRC) programme, experts from the European Commission, EU member states and Taiwan presented and discussed policies, strategies and best practice for sustainable and circular procurement.

International cooperation on resource efficiency in global supply chains is a trade priority for the EU, while Taiwan is developing a green public procurement approach to large-scale infrastructure projects. Participants in the seminar included regulators, representatives of central and local governments, as well as the private sector, and the programme focused on best practice and strategies for implementation of sustainable procurement.

ICLEI's Deputy Regional Director, Mark Hidson, presented illustrative examples of successful approaches taken by several European cities to the implementation of Sustainable Public Procurement. Topics of other presentations included the circular economy and procurement, national approaches to sustainable procurement and the application of GPP to major projects, such as railway construction. Panel discussions explored GPP approaches to stimulating innovation and investment in Taiwan and Europe.

For more information, visit the EBRC website.

First International Standard for Sustainable Procurement launched

5 May 2017

The International Standards Organisation has launched the first global standard for sustainable procurement, ISO 20400, which aims to establish guidelines for companies and procurers to make supply chains more ethical and sustainable. 38 participant countries and 14 observers currently recognise ISO 20400, representing 65% of the global population and 73% of total carbon emissions. The standard, which has been under development for four years, covers social and economic sustainability in addition to environmental sustainability.

The focus is on mitigating the various risks associated with poor supply chain management, and the strategy does not propose certification for compliant companies like many other ISOs. Instead the standard is aimed at generating consensus around improvement of supply chains and enhancing the ethical standards underpinning global purchasing.

ISO 20400 will complement existing standards (e.g. ISO 260000 on social responsibility) and is hoped to increase dialogue on ethics and sustainability between buyers and suppliers worldwide.

For more information and to see the full text of ISO 20400, visit the International Standards Organisation website.

Registration open for Strategic Public Procurement Conference - Paris June 2

4 May 2017

The European Commission’s DG GROW will host a conference on Strategic Public Procurement in Paris on 2 June which aims to raise awareness among decision makers and the procurement community about the benefits of strategic procurement, with an emphasis on sustainability, social responsibility and innovation.

The draft programme includes opening speeches by Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD and Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, and addresses across two sessions the key policy and implementation challenges in strategic public procurement. Moderated panel discussions will consider both Political Ownership and Policies for Strategic Public Procurement, and latterly the importance of market consultation and designing reward criteria.

Prospective participants should complete the online registration form by 9 May to indicate their interest in attending the conference, which has limited spaces. Participation at the conference is free although costs for accommodation and travel will not be reimbursed.

For more information and to register, visit the DG GROW website.

InnProBio project releases circular economy factsheet

29 April 2017

A new factsheet published by the InnProBio project which focuses on how procurement of bio-based products and services fit into the circular economy has been published. The factsheet addresses the question: does encouraging the public procurement of bio-based products contribute to fostering a circular economy? The factsheet also serves as an introduction to the circular economy and circular procurement in broader terms.

The bioeconomy uses renewable resources (that is, biomass, such as plants, trees or animals) instead of fossil resources, and can provide products that contribute to the enhanced circularity of our current economic model. The factsheet gives special attention to bio-based plastics and recycling, exploring what end-of-life options are available for a variety of products.

It is the fourth in a series of factsheets published in the framework of the European InnProBio project which includes: ‘What are bio-based products?’, ‘Sustainability of bio-based products’, and ‘Biodegradability: Exposing some of the myths and facts’.

For more information and to download the factsheet, visit the InnProBio website.

Sustainable Cities: Transformative Action Award - apply now!

28 April 2017

Applicants are being sought for the Transformative Action Award, which rewards initiatives which address the goals of the Basque Declaration including the use of public procurement to create productive, sustainable and resilient cities.

Initiatives which involve a high level of innovation, for example in terms of social innovation and civic economy, that inspire others to replicate the action elsewhere in Europe are invited from local and regional authorities, and civil society organisations. Actions are preferably part of a local strategy or vision rather than standalone and must be in place for at least three months and less than 5 years at the time of application.

Transformative actions combine various pathways and address one or more agendas of the Basque Declaration. They should achieve a comprehensive transformation with a positive local or regional impact. Winners will be rewarded with free entry and a presentation at the next European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns taking place in 2019 and publicity through the Sustainable Cities Platform, ICLEI online platforms and publications and a promotional video. The deadline for applications is 18 June 2017.

For more information and to download an application form, visit the Sustainable Cities Platform.

UrbanWINS project calls for Citizen Bloggers in 8 European cities

21 April 2017

The UrbanWINS project has issued a call for talented Citizen Bloggers to write about eco-innovative activities based in or around its 8 pilot cities: Cremona, Albano Laziale, Pomezia, Torino, Leiria, Bucharest, Manresa and Sabadell.

UrbanWINS is a three-year EU-funded project aimed at developing and implementing eco-innovative strategic plans for waste prevention and management that will boost urban environmental resilience and contribute to a shift towards more sustainable production and consumption patterns.

The purpose of the Citizen Bloggers initiative is to enable citizens to discover how eco-innovation happens locally, through attractive and accessible stories in the local language. Blogging tasks will be agreed with the respective pilot city, and can include e.g. interviewing local stakeholders, reporting from local meetings or contributing to the project’s online platform.

An honorarium is offered for selected bloggers, who must be based in or around one of the pilot cities, be good communicators in the local language and English, with a flair for the topics addressed within the UrbanWINS project. The deadline is 11 May 2017.

For more information and to apply, visit the UrbanWINS Citizen Bloggers page.