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#WeBuySocialEU
The European Commission (EC) will produce a report that collects good practices on socially responsible public procurement (SRPP), and ICLEI is are supporting the EC to identify these outstanding examples from local, regional, national and European buyers.
Buying social is about acquiring ethical products and services; using public tenders to promote decent work along the supply chain; introducing gender equality criteria or other social considerations in your tenders; using the light regime for social services, reserved contracts to encourage social outcomes, and accelerating inclusion of people with disabilities by including certain specifications in your tenders, among others.
ICLEI will also support a communication campaign - #WeBuySocialEU - to reach public procurers and authorities to share with them the advantages of SRPP and encourage them to invest time and money on it, and to reach social economy businesses to provide information on the possibilities of SRPP and facilitate their participation in public tendering.
English
Europe/EU
Social responsibility
2019
Buying Social
ICLEI is developing an updated version of the EU Commission's Buying Social - a Guide on taking account of social considerations in public procurement
English
Europe/EU
General GPP/SPP, Social responsibility
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) falls under pre-commercial procurement. It enables public bodies to purchase research to stimulate innovation, when goods or services are currently not available in the marketplace. SBIR helps the public sector to address identified ‘Challenges’ that impact the citizen. On the supplier side SBIR is particularly suited to small and medium-sized business, as contracts are of relatively low value and operate in short timescales
English
Ireland
Innovation procurement (PPI) , Pre commercial procurement
Enterprise Ireland
UrbanWINS
UrbanWINS aims to develop and test methods for designing and implementing strategic plans for waste prevention and management. Cities involved will enhance urban environmental resilience and shift towards sustainable production and consumption.
English
Europe/EU
Waste
General GPP/SPP, Circular Economy
2016
European NGO Network on Green Public Procurement
Environmental NGOs have knowledge and experience with many of the environmental issues addressed by GPP criteria, such as hazardous substances, waste management, energy efficiency etc, and therefore represent vital stakeholders when promoting GPP. The objective of the NGO Network is to increase the uptake of GPP through the EU by building NGO capacity to support public authorities.
English
Europe/EU
Food and catering, ICT (information and communication techn.), Transport and vehicles, Energy, Cleaning, Green spaces, Events, Waste
General GPP/SPP
Euro TopTen Max
Topten is a consumer-oriented online search tool, which presents the best appliances in various categories of products. The key criteria are energy efficiency, impact on the environment, health and quality.
English
Europe/EU, China, United States
Energy
Energy efficiency
Sustainable Timber Action
The STA project aims to provide guidance for public authorities on how to procure sustainable and fairly traded timber. It will also develop a dual model for timber suppliers on how to integrate fair trade and sustainable forest management certification.
English
Europe/EU, International
Timber and forestry
ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
iNSPiRe
The objective of iNSPiRe is to tackle the problem of high-energy consumption by producing systemic renovation packages that can be applied to residential and tertiary buildings. The renovation packages developed by iNSPiRe aim to reduce the primary energy consumption of a building to lower than 50 kWh/m2/year. The packages need to be suitable to a variety of climates while ensuring optimum comfort for the building users.
English
Europe/EU
2012
PROBIS
PROBIS aims to use PPI in the building sector, with a focus on energy-efficient refurbishment of existing buildings. Four tenders will be launched on building technologies (ICT, envelope and energy equipment) before being tested in four pilot buildings in Torino (IT), Miskolc (HU), Börlange (SE) and in the Lombardy Region (IT).
English
Europe/EU
Buildings and construction
Innovation procurement (PPI)
2013