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New InnProBio factsheet on LCC and LCA of bio-based products

12 July 2017

The InnProBio project has issued a new factsheet on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Life Cycle Costing (LCC). The document gives an insight as to what the LCA method is and the environmental impacts it assesses – such as climate change or impact on natural resources. It also explains what the results of LCA can be used for, for example in comparing different products and services. The factsheet also highlights the advantages of using LCA, as well as its link with green public procurement.

LCC, an assessment of all costs which are related to a certain product, directly covered by one or several actors in the life cycle of the product is also covered in this factsheet, which also lists different LCC tools for use in public procurement.

The factsheet also shows the common ground between LCA and LCC, as well as the main differences between both concepts, and why they are important for increasing the procurement of bio-based products.

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

Philippines launches GPP Roadmap with EU SWITCH PSC programme

11 July 2017

The Philippine Government has launched a Green Public Procurement Roadmap with technical support from the EU-SWITCH PSC programme, aimed at reducing the environmental impact of goods and services procured by Philippine government agencies.

The Roadmap, which is part of the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022’s Strategic Framework to Ensure Ecological Integrity, Clean and Healthy Environment, focuses on core green criteria across 20 product categories which will be made gradually more comprehensive in the coming years. The Philippine government will use the GPP Roadmap to demonstrate how a Life-Cycle Costing (LCC) approach taken by procurers can influence manufacturing practice, and represent a Philippine contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The Roadmap has been in development since 2016 under the direction of the Government Procurement Policy Board-Technical Support Office (GPPB-TSO).

For more information on GPP in the Philippines, visit the Philippine government's GPPB-TSO website. Further information on the SWITCH Asia programme can be found on the dedicated European Commission website.

ICLEI host GPP seminar at Eco Forum Global Symposium 2017

5 July 2017

ICLEI East Asia secretariat hosted a seminar on green public procurement at the Eco Forum Global Symposium 2017 in Guiyang, China, where the 10YFP on SPP programme launched its Working Group 1a, supporting Chinese and Korean cities' GPP initiatives.

Procura+ and GLCN on SP participant Oslo presented its GPP approach targeting transportation, resource-efficiency and construction management, as well as some of its GPP initiatives and targets on emissions, eco-labels and waste reduction.

KEITI and Suwon city presented the Korean experience of promoting GPP, including the plan to develop a GPP performance evaluation system, awareness raising programs, and pilot city projects to accelerate the shift towards green procurement in Korea. The China Environmental United Certification Center (CEC) set out the Chinese GPP approach, using eco-labelling certification, which is updated annually and covers 59 key public spend categories. CEC also presented key GPP projects such as the eco-civilization pilot city in Guiyang.

For more information, visit the ICLEI East Asia website.

Green Deal on Circular Procurement report published

4 July 2017

The Green Deal on Circular Procurement report has been published, reflecting on three years of circular procurement work across 80 pilot projects in the Netherlands. The report finds that the procurement process provides significant opportunities to implement circular economy principles.

The Green Deal is a three-year initiative in the Netherlands designed to help encourage the purchase of circular goods, which was supported by Rijkswaterstaat and REBus. The report outlines the work of 45 public and private sector participants to identify how best to use the procurement process to shape more circular processes.

Using illustrative case studies, the report identifies product categories seen as particularly compatible with the circular procurement approach, as well as addressing how circularity can be introduced to the tendering process, for example in specifications and assessment. Looking at the next step for circular procurement, the report points to considering how its findings can be up-scaled, and how circular procurement could become mainstreamed.

For more information and to download the report, visit the SP Platform Resource Centre.

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.