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EcoProcura 2018 launches registration and extends call for contributions

26 April 2018

Registration is now open for the EcoProcura 2018 conference on sustainable, circular, and innovation procurement, taking place from 3-5 October in Nijmegen (Netherlands). EcoProcura 2018, marking 20 years of the conference series, will bring together over 400 procurers, policy makers, businesses, researchers and international organisations.

The interactive programme will present, discuss and identify ways of using procurement as an effective tool in the strategic decision making process of a public authority. It will focus on important policy areas for sustainable, innovative and circular future, such as sustainable mobility, renewable energy and low carbon infrastructure. Approaches to organisational culture and behaviour change to achieve sustainable, innovation and circular procurement will also be explored.  In addition, participants will have the chance to learn more about topics such as, life-cycle costing, design of specifications and monitoring of contracts.

Confirmed speakers for the conference include Dr. Bertrand Piccard, Chairman, Solar Impulse Foundation, Hubert Bruls, Mayor of Nijmegen, Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, Mayor of Malmö (Sweden) and Mark Hidson, Global Director, ICLEI’s Sustainable Procurement Centre, with further speakers to be announced soon.

The deadline for call for contributions for the Market Lounge, Speed Presentation, Disruptors and Game Changers, and Supplier Engagement conference sessions has been extended to 18 May 2018. Procurement practitioners, public authorities, policy makers, suppliers and legal experts are invited to submit proposals online via the EcoProcura 2018 website.

For more information and to register, or submit a proposal to the call for contributions, visit the EcoProcura 2018 website.

BuyZET transport procurement cities publish priority reports

24 April 2018

The BuyZET project has released Priority Analysis reports for its three core cities of Oslo, Copenhagen and Rotterdam. The transport procurement project, coordinated by ICLEI, seeks to boost demand for zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) and other zero emission urban delivery solutions on the European market, and to develop procurement plans to achieve zero emission urban delivery of goods and services to the public sector, and thereby improve quality of life in European cities

Each city partner, in an earlier phase, has carried out a mapping exercise to identify a shortlist of procurement areas which have the biggest impact on transport emissions within the city. Following the mapping exercise, each city has prepared an Initial Analysis Report. These reports explore potential pathways to zero emission delivery for those shortlisted areas identified in the mapping reports, through discussion with internal stakeholders, and dialogue with other European cities and projects.

The reports are intended to act as the basis for in-depth market engagement activities to identify innovative solutions, and will inform future project actions, and are available to download the Oslo, Copenhagen and Rotterdam pages of the project website.

For more information, visit the BuyZET website.

European Parliament endorses Circular Economy Package

19 April 2018

The European Parliament endorsed the EU Circular Economy Package at its plenary session on 18 April, aiming not only at waste targets but "profoundly innovating our system of production" and implementing sustainability measures impacting on industry, consumers and public procurers.

The Package, expected to be endorsed by the European Council in the coming months, will see at least 55% of municipal waste (from households and businesses) being recycled by 2025, rising to 60% by 2030, and 65% by 2035. The draft law also limits the share of municipal waste being landfilled to a maximum of 10% by 2035.

Public authorities are at the forefront of waste management, and these new targets will impact how municipalities procure and provide waste collection services to their citizens. ICLEI, as partner in the UrbanWINS project, is currently linking the field of waste and resource management with GPP through its CityMatch programme, which is currently recruiting participants and hosts for staff exchange on sustainable and innovation procurement on waste topics.

For more information on the Circular Economy Package, visit the European Parliament's news website.

EU Ethical Trade Award open to social and innovative procurements

12 April 2018

The European Commission's DG Trade has extended the deadline for the EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award until 20 April, and entrants with sustainable and social procurement success stories are invited to apply. The award is open to EU Cities of more than 20,000 inhabitants promoting or implementing initiatives (e.g. on fair trade or working rights, economic viability, environmental protection) which can improve living and working conditions in EU and non-EU supply chains.

The new award aims to recognise and celebrate cities’ achievements and positive impact in the area of social, economic and environmental sustainability in international trade. A particular emphasis is given to fair and ethical trade schemes as well as other non-governmental sustainability schemes that may bring more sustainable opportunities to small producers in third countries.

A video featuring the EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström sets out the award concept and benefits for cities considering applying. The awards ceremony will be held on 27 June in Brussels.

For more information on the award and to submit an application, visit the Trade City Award website.

SPP Regions project meets energy and emissions targets

29 March 2018

The SPP Regions project concludes this month having generated over 1000 GWh of renewable energy and achieving its carbon and energy savings targets through eco-innovative tenders carried out in the project's 7 regional sustainable procurement networks.

Starting in 2015 and coordinated by ICLEI, the project has promoted the creation and expansion of European regional networks of municipalities working together on sustainable public procurement (SPP) and public procurement of innovation (PPI). As it approaches its conclusion, it has saved 395,000 tCO2/year and primary energy totalling 1,425 GWh/year, as well as procuring 1,015 GWh of renewable energy across 39 tenders in 7 countries, involving 31 contracting authorities. Additionally, the project recruited new partner networks in 8 other European regions and worked closely with the Procura+ European Sustainable Procurement Network.

The full list of tender models is available to download on the project website, where a savings calculation methodology used in the GPP2020 project demonstrates how the targets and achievements are quantified. The project has also produced a package of in-depth guidance and a series of 'how-to' videos on the implementation of various sustainable procurement practices such as market engagement and circular procurement, as well as the 3rd edition of the Procura+ Manual.

For more information on the SPP Regions project and its eco-innovative tenders, visit the project website.

Procurement strategies for sustainability in the spotlight at Procura+ seminar

23 March 2018

The city of Oslo‘s Vice Mayor for Finance Robert Steen has used the 15th Procura+ Seminar to highlight how innovative public procurement strategies can achieve ambitious targets at the city level. Vice Mayor Steen delivered an opening speech to more than 100 delegates at the Procura+ European Sustainable Procurement Network‘s flagship seminar event hosted by the city of Oslo, a long-term network participant.“Public procurement is one of the most powerful tools to lower emissions, and it can achieve its full potential throughambitious, coordinated strategies at the city and regional level,“ said Mayor Steen.

The seminar was also used as the occasion to announce the Procura+ network‘s new chairperson, Mayor of Malmö
(Sweden), Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh. “Since Malmö joined in 2012, Procura+ has evolved from a campaign to a diverse network of public authorities and strategic partners with new interest groups on circular and socially responsible public procurement. The field of procurement itself is becoming more embedded and diversified, as policy-makers from local government to the European level realise the potential of public spend as a tool to achieve environmental and social objectives.

The Procura+ Seminar, organised by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, gathered over 100 procurement practitioners and policy makers to discuss how sustainable and innovation procurement can be used to help public authorities meet strategic objectives in a cost effective way. The seminar was hosted by the City of Oslo and organised in the context of the SPP Regions sustainable procurement networking project.

For more information, visit the Procura+ website.

Call for contributions to EcoProcura 2018 conference opened

15 March 2018

The EcoProcura 2018 conference on sustainable, circular and innovation procurement has opened a call for contributions for four elements of its programme from 3-5 October in Nijmegen (The Netherlands).

Procurement practitioners, public authorities, policy makers, suppliers and legal experts are invited to submit ideas for the Market Lounge, Speed Presentation, Disruptors and Game Changers, and Supplier Engagement conference sessions by 30 April 2018.

The 10th edition of the EcoProcura conference will bring together over 400 procurers, policy makers, businesses, researchers and international organisations. The interactive programme will focus on European policy and international initiatives, and explore topics such as the potential and implementation of circular procurement, life-cycle costing, monitoring and e-Procurement.

Proposals can be submitted online via the recently launched EcoProcura 2018 website, where a programme outline is now available. Updates and details of sessions, speakers and topics will be posted on the website over the coming months, and online registration will open in April.

For more information on the call for contributions and the latest programme updates, visit the EcoProcura 2018 website.

TA Awards open to innovative and sustainable procurement actions

8 March 2018

Innovative and sustainable procurement actions working towards socio-economic, socio-cultural or technological transformation are invited to apply to the 2018 edition of the Transformative Action Awards. The awards, which recognise sustainability initiatives which follow the pathways outlined in the Basque Declaration, has been opened in Vienna (Austria) by jury member and ICLEI Europe Regional Director Wolfgang Teubner.

The Basque Declaration, formally endorsed at the 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns held in the Basque Country from 27-29 April 2016, outlines new pathways for European cities and towns to create productive, sustainable and resilient cities for a liveable and inclusive Europe. The document aims to support and accelerate socio-cultural, socio-economic and technological transformation.

The use of public procurement as an instrument to accelerate the market introduction of innovative and sustainable technologies is specifically outlined in the Declaration. Eligible current or concluded actions in the field of procurement can apply for the award by the closing date of 30 June 2018. Applicants will be shortlisted in September and the awards ceremony will be held in November 2018.

For more information and to apply for the Transformative Action Award, visit the Sustainable Cities Platform.

Oslo's climate budget and procurement strategy tackle GHGs

28 February 2018

Procura+ network participant Oslo's 2018 'climate budget' has identified procurement as a key focus area in a wide-ranging environmental strategy aimed at significantly reducing the cities GHG emissions by 2020. The budget, which foregrounds green mobility and active transport over car use, is complemented by a comprehensive procurement strategy. Both plans are now available to download in English.

Oslo's procurement strategy, launched in October 2017 forms a cross-cutting part of its overall environmental policy, addresses goods, services, buildings and construction in the city, which is Norway's second biggest procurer. The governing mayor of Oslo Johansen has presented the strategy at COP23 as a member of the Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement as a powerful tool to achieve emissions targets.

The strategy identifies the need to build expertise within the city on resource planning, needs analysis, purchasing and engendering a culture of coordination among the city's departments. The procurement strategy is to be followed by an overall implementation plan, to ensure anchoring and active implementation of the procurement strategy in municipal departments and other agencies.

Both the climate budget and procurement strategy are available to download on the SP Platform's resource centre.

Final opportunity for input into revised EU GPP criteria on transport

26 February 2018

The European Union's Joint Research Centre is seeking final stakeholder input on its revision of Green Public Procurement (GPP) criteria on transport. A draft technical report including criteria proposals are now available online. The new criteria will update the last set published in 2012, principally expanding the overall scope to include two new service categories: 'mobility services' and 'post, courier and moving services'. Input from stakeholders can be submitted via the BATIS platform until 25 March 2018.

The 2012 criteria covering cars and light commercial vehicles (LCVs), buses and bus services, waste collection vehicles and waste collection services, will also be updated to align with Directives and to reflect better their intended areas of application. The new transport criteria will include core and comprehensive criteria so that they can be applied in both public authorities with advanced implementation of GPP and those who are seeking to implement more fundamental sustainability criteria into their purchasing policy.

GPP criteria on twenty other goods and services categories have been developed by the European Commission for voluntary application by public authorities. Good practice examples addressing these categories have also been compiled on the DG Environment website in all official EU languages.

For more information on the criteria revision process and to register as a stakeholder, visit the European Commission's Joint Research Centre website.