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PROBIS webinar to share market engagement meeting results

30 October 2015

The PROBIS project is encouraging procurers and suppliers of building solutions to take part in a webinar on 4 November that will use the conclusions of the project’s early market engagement activities to stimulate a discussion on innovative procurement in the sector. The PROBIS project aims to increase the energy efficiency and sustainability of European public buildings through the procurement of innovative solutions.

Results from market engagement events in Turin and Lombardy (Italy), Seville (Spain) and Borlänge (Sweden) will be discussed. The webinar will include information on the PROBIS pilots, and will outline the PROBIS procurement strategy, as well as collecting further information on innovative technologies in the field.

The EU Meet the market web event also aims to facilitate the participation of a larger number of foreign businesses within the various procurement procedures. The event is scheduled from 10:00 to 11:30 CET. The provisional programme and the registration form are available online.

For more information, visit the PROBIS website.

Experts invited to drive uptake of innovation in Europe’s waste management sector

29 October 2015

As part of its plans to move to a circular economy, Europe is re-evaluating its relationship with waste. The EU-funded PPI4Waste project is inviting public procurers and others interested in innovative waste solutions to work together to make the transition to better waste management a reality. An Interest Group and Purchasing Community dedicated to waste are being launched today at the project’s Procurement Foresight Workshop in Brussels (Belgium).

The Interest Group is an online gathering open to all stakeholders interested in waste management. It will provide useful information and peer to peer exchange for municipal waste management experts, procurers, policy makers, and suppliers. The Purchasing Community provides an exclusive opportunity to procurers who are involved in the procurement of waste management solutions in the public sector. Group members will be given the chance to improve their knowledge of the innovative solutions available on the market and take part in webinars, face-to-face meetings and trainings with other procurers.

“Finding innovative solutions to waste management issues is a vital part of achieving the type of sustainable, resource-efficient Europe that we want to see in the future. Through the establishment of these groups, PPI4Waste will make the topic more accessible to procurers, and ensure that each region of Europe is equipped with the best knowledge and tools to fully embrace innovation in the sector," said Philipp Tepper of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, coordinator of the Interest Group and Purchasing Community. Both groups will use the Procurement Forum, a dedicated online networking space, to facilitate exchange.

For more information, visit the PPI4Waste website.

Austrian wastewater recycling system wins prize for most innovative procurement in Europe

28 October 2015

The procurement of a machine that vaporises waste-water to remove waste particles saw the Federal Procurement Agency of Austria awarded the Public Procurement of Innovation Award at a ceremony in Paris (France) last night. The Federal Procurement Agency received a trophy for innovation procurement excellence, together with the title “European innovation procurement of the year”. They will also have a case study published on the Procurement of Innovation Platform in the coming weeks.

Four other finalists from across Europe were also in competition for the award (more information on each finalist is available on the PPI Platform website). “The quality of each of the finalists meant that choosing the overall winner was very difficult. It was an exceptionally close competition,” said Mark Hidson, Deputy Regional Director at ICLEI Europe and jury member. “We felt that the procurement of the vaporising system best showcased the impressive work being carried out, as well as the type of solution that public procurement of innovation can achieve. The procurement brought together the institutional knowledge of public procurers with the ingenuity of the private sector.”

The innovative solution is used by the Austrian mint to clean water contaminated during the production of coins and notes. Vaporisation of the waste-water takes place in a vacuum, allowing for fresh water and waste particles to be separated. Once the filtering process is complete, 97 percent of the water can be reused. The ceremony was held as part of the European Assistance for Innovation Procurement event, organised by EAFIP.

For more information, visit the PPI Platform.

Energy Performance Contracting helps cities to replace inefficient street lights

22 October 2015

An innovative method of financing the upgrade of street lights is being promoted to local governments by a new EU-funded project. Street lighting can account for up to 50 percent of a municipality’s total electricity consumption - by applying modern technology, such as light emitting diodes (LEDs), a reduction in electricity use of between 30 and 70 percent can be achieved.

The Streetlight-EPC project helps local authorities to avail of Energy Performance Contracting (EPC), a process whereby replacement and refurbishment costs are covered by an external energy service company (ESCO), who is then reimbursed through the cost savings generated as a result of the lower electricity consumption. As such, the ESCO will not receive payment unless significant energy savings are achieved.

The EPC approach has the benefit of transferring the risk from the local authority to the ESCO. The project is carrying out EPC projects in nine European regions, including the establishment of helpdesks that provide support to municipalities and SMEs. The project is particularly timely, as under an EU Regulation 80 percent of currently used street lamps are to be phased out by 2017.

For more information, visit the Streetlight-EPC website.

InnProBio website launched to help promote innovative bio-based products

21 October 2015

As of today, InnProBio, the Forum for Bio-Based Innovation in Public Procurement, can be found on the world-wide web at www.innprobio.eu. With the public sector controlling around one fifth of European gross domestic product (GDP), public purchasers can significantly influence demand for and investment in bio-based products, which can be “bio-based versions” of traditional products or novel products with entirely new and innovative functionalities and potential for new and existing markets.

The InnProBio website will provide a wealth of information and tools for public procurers looking at purchasing innovative bio-based products (products that are wholly or partly derived from biomass) and services which employ their use. Through this communication channel, the InnProBio team aims to help bridge the policy and practice gap by providing procurement practitioners with tools and other resources to assist them in their day to day work.

One of InnProBio’s primary aims is to develop a community of procurers, decision-makers and suppliers interested in the procurement of bio-based products. A Group which specifically focuses on this topic is now also available on the Procurement Forum. InnProBio is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

For more information, visit the InnProBio website.

Public authorities invited to help shape green electricity criteria

20 October 2015

The EU Green Public Procurement (GPP) criteria for electricity are currently under review. The first stage of this process is a survey of public authorities, due to be carried out in October 2015. The survey will look at how much electricity is currently being purchased from renewable sources, the procurement procedures used, and what is stopping public procurers from purchasing more renewable electricity.

The survey is aimed at local authorities who are already purchasing some renewable electricity as well as those who would like to but are currently unable to do so. The questionnaire itself takes 15 to 20 minutes to complete and will be extremely valuable in ensuring the updated criteria are both useful and appropriate.

The more responses received, the more accurately the new criteria will reflect the reality on the ground. The survey is available in English, German, Spanish, Italian, French and Lithuanian.

To take part in the survey, click here.

Washington sees the positive impact of embracing green procurement

16 October 2015

A survey of state governments in the USA has shown that states across the country are embracing green public procurement (GPP), with Washington emerging as a leader in the field. The north-western state has passed ambitious procurement legislation that has led to more sustainable purchasing practices in all government agencies. The improved procurement practices are set to reduce climate change related costs, cut health-care fees, create jobs and preserve scarce resources.

As a result of Washington laws, the percentage of recycled products purchased has increased drastically, while energy consumption has fallen. The state has also mandated that green building practices be incorporated into state owned buildings, vehicle fleets be made more fuel efficient, and that the amount of paper used in state offices be reduced, while the amount of recycled paper purchased goes up.

Since 2013, procurers in Washington have been able to consider a product or service’s impact on human health and the environment beyond lowest cost. The wider survey showed that 47 percent of states throughout the USA gave preference to the purchase of green products and services even if the price was higher, while 83 percent included green criteria in the purchasing of selected items.

For more information, visit govtech.com.

New report looks at Flemish government's support for innovative and sustainable procurement

13 October 2015

The Flemish government has enacted a number of policies to increase the uptake of procurement of innovation according to a new report produced by Foundation Innovation & Work, taking advantage of the new EU procurement directive’s more supportive language towards engaging in innovative and sustainable procurement. Within the Belgian region, public procurement of innovation (PPI) is promoted across all policy areas, with IWT – the Flemish Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology in charge of controlling and supporting the shift.

Currently Flanders is carrying out 15 PPI projects as part of its innovative procurement programme, including a partner role in the Procurement of Innovation Platform. The region also closely monitors other country’s national innovation procurement frameworks to gain examples of best practice. While no one country provides a role model across all areas, the United States, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom are considered exemplary in their application of PPI.

To support sustainability in procurement processes, the Department of Administrative Affairs ensures that sustainability criteria are incorporated into all procurement Action Plans. A sustainable and innovation task force has also been set up to produce information sheets and to develop framework contracts that can be implemented by procurers. The government further aims to incorporate terms into their tenders that lower the barriers for SME participation.

For more information, download the report. [PDF]

Comments invited on EU cleaning services criteria

8 October 2015

The EU is inviting public feedback on the development of the criterion for a new EU Ecolabel for cleaning services, as well as the revision of the existing EU Green Public Procurement (GPP) criteria for cleaning services. Proposed mandatory criteria includes stipulations on using cleaning products with a lower environmental impact, ensuring that they are not toxic to aquatic life or hazardous to the ozone layer for example, whilst also ensuring that they do not harm human health, including causing damage to the unborn child or impacting breast feeding.

The criteria also states that cleaning staff shall have access to instructions on the correct dosage required for each cleaning product, and outlines the level of training each staff member must receive in terms of health and safety and mitigating environmental harm. The criteria also states that minimum sectorial wage standards must be met. The importance of an Environmental Management System being implemented is further outlined.

The optional criteria focus on such topics as the use of energy efficient vacuum cleaners, the vehicle fleet owned by the applicant, and the efficiency of washing machines owned by the applicant. To comment on the draft criteria, stakeholders must be signed up to the EU’s BATIS platform. Non-members can apply for access by contacting JRC-IPTS-EIPPCB@ec.europa.eu. The deadline for commenting is 13 November 2015.

For more information, visit the JRC-IPTS website.

French public procurement award recognises exemplary purchasing policies

6 October 2015

The French Government is inviting applications for a public procurement award that recognises the best initiatives in the field of public procurement in France. Now in its eighth year, the award is separated into two categories: best procurement initiative, and most sustainable public procurement.

Each category has three sub-categories that indicate at which level the public procurement has been carried out: state public services, territorial public services, and public hospital. The deadline for applications is 20 October 2015, with the award ceremony set to take place in Porte de Versailles, Paris on 19 November. Each application will be examined by an esteemed panel of procurement experts, including former award winners.

Over €100 billion is spent each year in France by the government, meaning that public procurers have significant purchasing power to shift the market towards sustainable and socially beneficial ways of working. The French government aims to use the power of procurement to help meet its diverse policy objectives.

For more information and to apply, visit achatpublic.com [in French]