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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.

RGO Network holds annual General Assembly

18 April 2017

RGO Network (Réseau Grand Ouest) held its annual General Assembly on Tuesday, 4 April 2017. The event focused on the Network’s operations and financial report while considerable thought was given to the Network’s recent and future activities, including sustainable procurement addressed through working groups, training, awareness days, and its involvement in procurement projects and networks, such as SPP Regions project and Procura+.

The General Assembly adopted strategic guidelines for the next year and agreed on the importance of focusing on the development and strengthening of partnerships with other organizations and/or networks within the region. Working groups remain at the network’s core but in response to the participants’ demands, RGO has increased its support on SPP and on implementation of sustainable purchasing policies.

RGO’s General Assembly also agreed on the next working groups topics and webinar, which will cover the topic of procurement in the waste sector.

For more information visit the RGO’s Network page on SPP Regions or the Procura+ network.

Réseau Grand Ouest newsletter published

10 April 2017

Réseau Grand Ouest (RGO) newsletter featuring the latest updates on sustainable public procurement and the network’s main activities on sustainable procurement is now available in French. The Network is part of the H2020 SPP Regions project promoting networks on sustainable public procurement, which is currently recruiting for further networks.

RGO, founded in 2006, has been working to help public authorities integrate social and environmental criteria in their tenders and has joined the SPP Regions project from its very start back in 2015.

This newsletter edition features upcoming events and a section on useful links and latest resources, including the European Criteria for Sustainable Roads and the Annual Responsible Purchasing Barometer.

You can read RGO’s Newsletter through the Network’s page.

For more information SPP Regions recruitment, visit the project website.

New guide for NGOs: Identifying potential tenders for GPP

6 April 2017

The European NGO Network on GPP has published its guide ‘’Identifying potential tenders for Green Public Procurement’’ aimed at guiding NGOs through the steps that are necessary to start actively supporting public authorities in including GPP criteria in their procurements.

The European NGO Network was established in 2016 with the support of the European Commission and aims at supporting NGOs to work with public procurers to enhance GPP uptake.

The document is part of one of the latest resources produced by the network which describes four essential steps to engage with national, regional and local authorities in engaging in GPP. The steps considered are 'Identification of relevant contracting authorities'; 'Looking for ongoing and upcoming procurement procedures'; 'Including GPP aspects in upcoming tenders'; and 'Approaching local authorities with specific and targeted improvements'.

The guide can be downloaded via the network’s page on the Sustainable Procurement Platform.

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.