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Live Market Engagement Event inivites buyers and suppliers of ICT

14 February 2019

The Make ICT Fair project invites procurers and suppliers, NGOs, and public authorities involved in the ICT hardware sector to a Live Market Engagement event. The Live Market Engagement will give insights into public procurement goals, tender opportunities, and sustainability policies in relation to ICT products and services.

Procura+ member the City of Barcelona (Spain) will showcase their needs for an upcoming large procurement of ICT hardware, and other Make ICT Fair pilot procurements will be presented. The event is a unique opportunity for stakeholders along the ICT supply chain to engage in dialogue and to cover some ground in achieving fair and sustainable supply chains in ICT together. 

The Live Market Engagement will take place on February 27, 9.30 am – 1 pm in Barcelona alongside the Mobile Social Congress  For more details and to register click here.

The Make ICT Fair project aims at improving the lives of workers and those impacted along different stages of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) supply chain. At the heart of Make ICT Fair are public buyers that pilot advanced ICT tenders on socially responsible public procurement (SRPP), including manufacturing and mining. The event in Barcelona is part of the Make ICT Fair Live Market Engagement Event Series which brings together public procurers and suppliers in the field of ICT from all over Europe or in a local context to discuss procurement needs and solutions, focusing on social responsibility and transparency in supply chains.

Toward a European Common Food Policy

12 February 2019

The International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems has published a report calling for a common food policy for the European Union. The report, authored by experts in sustainable agri-food systems, presents alternatives to Europe’s current unsustainable food and farming system. It calls for synergies among policy sectors and criticizes various European policies cancelling each other out instead of supporting common sustainability and health goals.

As a sector overarching topic, food policy must be considered on all levels of decision making. Innovations in public procurement can help in achieving strategic goals such as relocalising and diversifying food production. According to the report, short supply chains and local crop varieties are key to reducing the environmental impact of food production and improving public health. Procurement can support local economies and breeds while making sure public caterers offer a varied diet with lower carbon footprints.

There is a variety of case studies available giving examples on how local authorities can play their part in reaching sustainability goals through sustainable and innovative food procurement. Head over to our Resource Centre to learn more.

Read the full report here

Boston aims for 100% GHG-free electricity and energy

7 February 2019

The City of Boston has published a new Carbon Free Boston report, which sets out a series of actions which lead the city to carbon neutrality by 2050, including the procurement of 100% zero-carbon electricity and fuels.

As well as procuring 100% green electricity – through a combination of Renewable Energy Credits (REC), Local Power Purchase Agreements (LPPA), and Virtual Power Purchase Agreements (VOOA) – the city has also considered how to eliminate emissions in those sectors which can’t be electrified, such heavy transport and buildings, using liquid biofuels, renewable natural gas, biomass and hydrogen from renewable energy.

Reaching 100% GHG-free electricity by 2030 would enable the City to meet and exceed its interim target of a 50% reduction in emissions (against a 2005 baseline) and meet the rate of decarbonization needed to align itself with the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

The full Carbon Free Boston report, including more information on its energy procurement plans, can be found here.

Shenzhen reduces Ozone Depletion using Green Procurement

5 February 2019

Through the successful application of Green Public Procurement (GPP), Shenzhen has greatly reduced the use of products that contain Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS). When emitted, ODS cause the thinning of the ozone layer, reducing the protection it offers against harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the Sun. 90% of the world’s ODS are currently produced in China. Although the Chinese central government has been taking steps to phase out ODS, local governments can help accelerate the process.


The Shenzhen Municipal Government introduced more stringent regulations on public purchases and promoted newer, more environmentally friendly technology, providing a model for other cities to emulate in combating ozone depletion and climate change.

Since Shenzhen began implementing GPP in 2006, the city has eliminated 150.9 tons of ODS, as well as greenhouse gases equivalent to 1,360,863 tons of CO2. Another benefit is that the increased spending on ODS alternatives prompts more goods and services providers to stock such products, growing the market for ODS alternatives.


The case of Shenzhen showcases the significance of adopting a green public procurement approach with regards sustainable development. ICLEI (e.g. ICLEI Europe, ICLEI East Asia) offers a wealth of resources to learn more about the topic, connect public procurers, and exchange experiences through participation in networks such as Procura+.  


Read the full case study here in English or Chinese.

A world full of risks and what it means for procurement

1 February 2019

The World Economic Forum published the Global Risk Report 2019, assessing key risks and outlining their likely influence on society. For example, major risks are extreme weather events, failure to meet climate change mitigation or adaption, as well as the failure of critical infrastructure.

The report is emphasizing the performance-dependence of the economic system to the environment. Meaning that increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events bear tremendous uncertainty for supply-chains worldwide. The report draws scenarios with disruption and complete cut-offs to become the new normal.

Procuring authorities can mitigate as well as adapt to this challenging future. Applying green criteria for tenders in different sectors has significant leverage to lower associated Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions or reduce resource use. In terms of adaptation, standards and requirements can be included in a tender process that increases the adaptability to climate change of for example a building.

Read the full report here.

Browse our Resource Centre to read more on procurement and climate change.