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Issue 9, Autumn 2018


Welcome to the ninth issue of the Procura+ Update. This newsletter brings together the latest news from the Procura+ European Sustainable Procurement Network and ICLEI's work on sustainable and innovation procurement.

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 HOT TOPIC: EcoProcura conference inspires procurers from Europe and beyond

 PROCURA+ NETWORK: 2018 Procura+ Award winners announced

 PROJECT NEWS: Procure2Innovate Network officially launched

 OTHER NEWS: Tshwane announced as GLCN chair

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EcoProcura 2018 inspires procurers from Europe and beyond to be more bold  

This October, EcoProcura 2018, the international conference on sustainable, strategic, circular and innovation procurement, took place in European Green Capital Nijmegen (The Netherlands), shining a light on how procurement has evolved as a policy tool for achieving strategic objectives and targets. The conference brought together over 400 public procurers and stakeholders from across Europe and the world, inspiring and motivating them to grasp all the opportunities available to buy better.

The power of public procurers as changemakers was demonstrated throughout the three-day conference, with many cities and other public authorities sharing their stories of bold actions to encourage greater sustainability and innovation through procurement.

The messages of the conference also received strong endorsement from multiple Directorates General (DG) of the European Commission, and several exciting initiatives were launched.

By the end of the conference, it was clear that many influential and motivated individuals and authorities exist in the public procurement sphere, and through greater collaboration with other buyers, it is possible to mainstream the strategic use of procurement, and to fundamentally change the market in key sectors.

Read the full article here.

Copyright image: Gerard Verschooten (EcoProcura)


Barcelona, Rotterdam, and Flanders scoop Procura+ Awards

The biggest successes in public procurement were honoured at the EcoProcura conference in the Dutch city of Nijmegen, with a clutch of top class projects in sustainability and innovation winning the 2018 Procura+ Awards.

The cities of Barcelona (Spain) and Rotterdam (the Netherlands), and the Government of Flanders, were winners in their respective categories amid strong competition from other European cities, regions and national authorities.

Barcelona City Council scooped the top prize in Procurement Initiative of the Year, after the city made sustainable public procurement mandatory – efforts which will affect more than 50,000 tenders a year.

This year’s Innovation Procurement of the Year was awarded to the Dutch city of Rotterdam, which is pioneering the procurement of innovative goods and services to make the city more accessible for the elderly or citizens with special needs. Its efforts involve a multitude of local SMEs.

The Government of Flanders took Sustainable Procurement of the Year for setting up a major framework contract for sustainable office supplies.

Image copyright:
Geraard Verschooten

 More from the Procura+ Network

Procura+ Award winner Flanders: office supplies case study

Procura+ Award winner Barcelona: SPP case study

Participant profile:
Find out about SPP in Rotterdam


Procure2Innovate Project officially launched in the Netherlands

Procure2Innovate, the strategic innovation procurement network funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, has been officially launched at the EcoProcura conference in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Procure2Innovate is an ambitious four-year project which aims to create a lasting European network of expertise in innovation procurement – a vital tool which the European Union is eager to see moving markets and investment for the creation of more innovation in the bloc.

The network is formed by “competence centres” in more than 10 European countries – centres from which experts provide advice and key services to public procurers nationwide looking to purchase innovative services and products. These could be in such areas as ICT and healthcare.


Image copyright: Gerard Verschooten

 More from our projects

CEPPI project meets energy saving targets through procurement

LEA webinar series Innovation for learntech


Tshwane announced as new chair of GLCN on Sustainable Procurement

Executive Mayor of Tshwane, South Africa, Solly Msimanga has been announced as the new chair of ICLEI’s  Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Procurement (GLCN) at the Global Climate Action Summit.

As an early leader in sustainable procurement in Africa, the City of Tshwane was an obvious choice to lead in the next phase of the GLCN. Tshwane’s long term strategic vision commits itself to a path of sustainable economic growth decoupled from environmental impacts, and Tshwane has recently set targets to make 40% of the city bus fleet green by 2030, 10% of overall purchases sustainable by 2021, and reach 20% renewable energy at community-scale by 2030.

The GLCN is a group of 14 cities from around the globe committed to the implementation of sustainable and innovation procurement. Their goal is to support the transition to a low carbon, resource efficient and socially responsible society.


Image copyright: ICLEI


Last but not least...

Ghent shortlisted for Transformative Action Award

GPP criteria paints and varnishes in 22 languages

Image copyrights: Procura+ 1, 2 and 3 - CC0 Pixabay; Project News 1 CC0 Pixabay 2 ICLEI Europe All Rights Reserved, 3 LEA project - Last but not least 1, 2 , 3 CCO Pixabay

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