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COP23: Global Lead Cities present Sustainable Procurement targets

11 November 2017

The Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement (GLCN on SP) came together at an event at the COP23 International Climate Conference in Bonn (Germany) on 11 November organised by the GLCN on SP coordinators ICLEI to present ambitious sustainable procurement targets.

Park Won Soon, Mayor of Seoul (South Korea) and chair of the GLCN on SP said: “Leaders of cities around the world convened in Seoul in April 2015 and agreed to launch a network of cities committed to 100 percent sustainable procurement. Much progress has been made since then and our interactions today will be the foundation on which we strive for a better, brighter, and more sustainable future.”

Mayor Park was joined by Governing Mayor Raymond Johansen from Oslo (Norway) and Executive Mayor of Tshwane (South Africa) Solly Msimanga, as well as representatives from Denver (USA), Cape Town (South Africa), Budapest (Hungary), Auckland (New Zealand) and Ghent (Belgium). The GLCN on SP is a group of 14 cities committed to drive a transition to sustainable consumption and production by implementing sustainable and innovation procurement.

For more information, visit the GLCN on SP website.

European Commission proposes Clean Mobility Package

10 November 2017

The European Commission has proposed new emissions targets in a Clean Mobility Package, comprising various measures including a Clean Vehicles Directive which promotes the uptake of sustainable transport solutions in public procurement. The Package is intended to contribute to the EU's commitments under the Paris Agreement, under which it must achieve a 40% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030.


In addition to the Clean Vehicles Directive, the Package proposes new CO2 standards for car manufacturers, an action plan for alternative fuels infrastructure, revised approaches to freight and passenger coach services and an initiative on batteries. The Clean Vehicles Directive includes targets for Member States, regions and cities aimed at using public procurement to stimulate an EU-wide market for low-emissions vehicles.

The announcement of the Clean Mobility Package coincides with the COP23 international climate conference in Bonn (Germany), and the Package will go through the EU's co-decision process in the coming months.

For more information on the Clean Mobility Package, including details of the proposed measures, visit the European Commission's DG Mobility and Transport website.

3rd High Level Event to take place at the COP23

3 November 2017

Participants of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement will come together in Bonn in November for the network’s 3rd High Level Event, at the COP23. The event will be held in the Cities & Regions Pavilion in the afternoon of 11 November (from 12.00 until 14.00). During the summit, high level city representatives will showcase the sustainable procurement activities and commitments which the participating cities have introduced, and the power these can have in addressing climate change.

Chair of the Network Mayor Park Won Soon of Seoul Metropolitan Government (Korea) will be joined at the event by political representatives including Governing Mayor Johansen of Oslo (Norway), Executive Mayor Msimanga of Tshwane (South Africa), and Mayor Bautista of Quezon City (Philippines). Deputy Mayor Sinnemäki of Helsinki (Finland), Vice Mayor Heyse of Ghent (Belgium), Councillor van der Merwe of Cape Town, and Councillor Hulse of Auckland (New Zealand) will also take the stage. The cities of Denver (United States) and Budapest (Hungary) will be represented by high level advisors. It will serve as an inspirational session for other Mayors and cities attending the COP23 to consider the power of sustainable procurement.

The Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement is an initiative launched by Seoul Metropolitan Government in partnership with ICLEI, with the support of the United Nations Environment Programme and the Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute.

Procura+ Award winners Hyvinkää construct ecolabelled pre-school

30 October 2017

Finland's first Nordic Swan eco-labelled school took home the 2017 Procura+ Award for Sustainable Procurement of the Year earlier this month at a Tallinn ceremony held as part of Estonia's Presidency of the European Union.

In 2015, Hyvinkää (Finland) set out to procure a new pre-school. As well as providing a healthy, comfortable and flexible space for learning and play, the municipality also wanted the new building to contribute to environmental aims, including promoting eco-efficient construction and energy efficient building use.

Prior to tendering, Hyvinkää conducted an in-depth market dialogue process which explored whether there was interest in forming a partnership to build the first Nordic Swan Eco-labelled pre-school building in Finland. After it was demonstrated that the market was willing and able to meet such an ambition, a call for tender was published. The contract was awarded to the most economically advantageous tender and completed in August 2017.

For more information on the Procura+ Awards, visit the Procura+ European Network on Sustainable Procurement website. Download the Hyvinkää case study here.

European Commission publishes new Circular Procurement brochure

17 October 2017

The European Commission has published a brochure, authored by ICLEI, containing guidance and good practice on how public procurement can support the transition to a circular economy. 'Public Procurement for a Circular Economy' sets out the policy framework, strategic thinking and planning recommended before embarking on a public procurement process, engaging the market and consideration of the various steps of the procurement hierarchy (based on the European waste hierarchy): reduce, reuse, recycle and recover. The various phases are supported by good practice experiences from across Europe.

'Circular procurement' has the potential to transform how public bodies approach their purchases. As well as placing greater emphasis on fulfilling needs and considering lifetime costs, circular economy principles can also facilitate a more holistic consideration of environmental impacts and waste creation across the whole life-cycle of goods and services.

The brochure builds on the direction set in the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy by providing a range of practical steps for considering circularity when carrying out green public procurement (GPP).

For more information and to download the brochure, visit the European Commission's GPP website.

UrbanWINS project conducts first CityMatch exchange on GPP

16 October 2017

The Metropolitan City of Rome and Portuguese municipal waste authority LIPOR have undertaken a staff exchange on Green Public Procurement in the context of the UrbanWINS project. Held during the CompraVerde-BuyGreen Forum in Rome on 12-13 October, the CityMatch exchange had a topical focus on tendering for furniture and monitoring GPP.

CityMatch is one of the collaborative pilot activities within UrbanWINS where study visits are organised so that technical and policy staff at local authorities can share experiences and initiatives of mutual interest with each other in a structured staff exchange. The second CityMatch study visit will take place in Cremona (Italy) on 20-23 November 2017. Participants will be engaged in the European Waste Management week exploring food and organic resources, waste management collection systems. Interested participants can register their interest in attending by contacting Philipp Tepper at the ICLEI European Secretariat.

The UrbanWINS project started in June 2016 and analyses the waste prevention and management strategies of 24 cities, while performing pilot activities in 8 European cities which seek to increase citizens' involvement in local decisions around waste and resources.

For more information, visit the UrbanWINS website.

SPP Regions project releases 'how-to' procurement videos

12 October 2017

The SPP Regions project has released a series of five 'how-to' videos for public procurers. The videos have been produced by SPP Regions project partners Bristol City Council and the University of the West of England (UK) and feature Christine Storry, Project Manager of the PIPEN project.

The series of 8-12 minute videos cover Circular Procurement, Sustainable Procurement, Life Cycle Costing, the use of labels in SPP and Market Engagement. Each video sets out what is meant by the concept and explores how public procurers can integrate it into their tender processes, specifications and broader purchasing policy.

SPP Regions, a Horizon 2020 project coordinated by ICLEI, involves the creation and expansion of 7 European regional networks of municipalities working together on sustainable public procurement (SPP) and public procurement of innovation (PPI). The project will run tender processes in Energy use in public buildings, vehicles and transport and food and catering services, towards achieving 54.3 GWH/year primary energy savings and trigger 45 GWh/year renewable energy.

For more information and to view the videos, visit the SPP Regions website.

ICLEI presents at Egyptian government SPP training workshop

9 October 2017

An SPP Manual has been launched at a training workshop held in Cairo for government officials in Egypt on Sustainable Public Procurement involving ICLEI's Procura+ Network secretariat. The training workshop, held in conjunction with the Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE) and the Egyptian Ministry of the Environment, was designed to introduce sustainable measures into national government procurement in line with Egypt's Tenders and Auctions Law.

The workshop was attended by both public sector and industrial representatives and saw a number of national initiatives highlighted, including the conversion of the government's vehicle fleet towards natural gas and e-vehicles and mainstreaming LED lighting in government construction contracts. ICLEI's Dr John Watt addressed the workshop on the work of the Procura+ European Sustainable Procurement Network, including its SPP methodology contained in its flagship publication, the Procura+ Manual.

ICLEI's Sustainable Procurement Centre operates globally, and in addition to its European Procura+ Network coordinates the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement and co-manages the 10YFP Working Group on Sustainable Public Procurement in East Asia.

For more information, visit the CEDARE website.

New EU Communication on procurement professionalisation

4 October 2017

The European Commission has released a communication to the EU Institutions aimed at carrying out public procurement more efficiently and sustainably at a meeting in Strasbourg on 3 October. The Commission is encouraging member states to focus on six priority areas of improvement. It also announced a helpdesk and support mechanism for procurers working on large infrastructure projects, and a targeted consultation on stimulating innovation procurement.

The six priority areas identified for member states are: greater uptake of innovative, green and social criteria in awarding public contracts; professionalisation of public buyers; improving access by SMEs to procurement markets in the EU and by EU companies in third countries; increasing transparency, integrity and quality of procurement data; digitisation of procurement processes; and more cooperation among public buyers across the EU.

Public procurement represents 14% of the EU's GDP, approximately €2 trillion. The Commission recommends that steps should be taken to improve the skills, knowledge and procedural understanding of public procurers, in addition to making better use of digital technology to professionalise the procurement process.

For more information, visit the European Commission website.

September EU GPP News Alert features responsible purchasing in Nantes

29 September 2017

The September issue of the European Commission's GPP News Alert features a case study on the Responsible Purchasing Promotion Scheme of Nantes Métropole (France). Nantes, which hosts Procura+ participant and regional city network Reseau Grande Ouest (RGO), has identified 11 areas of action in responsible procurement and proposed performance targets to be achieved by 2020.

The scheme translates Nantes' policies into public procurement actions and targets. Several of the 11 areas of action have been developed for GPP, including circular economy, energy transition, organic agriculture and short supply chains. Nantes has a 16-year track record of implementing sustainable public procurement (SPP), from cleaning products to vehicles.

Also featured in Septembers News Alert is new GPP criteria for furniture, GPP and the Circular Economy and an interview with Marie-Amelie Dupraz-Ardiot ofrom the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) on the effect of changes in Swiss procurement law on GPP.

For more information and to read the full edition, visit the European Commission GPP website.