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UPCOMING EVENTS


October 2020

EU Green Week 2020

19 - 22 October 2020

Attracting attention around the globe, EU Green Week is the biggest annual event on the European environment policy calendar. It's a forum for stakeholder debate at the European, national and local levels, generating input that feeds back into policymaking and implementation. And it is a truly European event – in addition to a high-level conference in Brussels, numerous events are organised by partner organisations across the whole of Europe. 

EU Green Week 2020 will focus on nature and biodiversity. All around the globe, biodiversity is disappearing as a result of unsustainable human activities. This loss is closely connected to climate change, and the combined effect of this unprecedented crisis is disrupting the ecosystems that support life on Earth, with devastating consequences for human well-being and prosperity. While the situation is extremely serious, there is still hope. Solutions exist, but they require deep and transformative changes in the way we produce, consume and trade.

Read more on the event website.


How collaboration is boosting the procurement of solutions for climate neutrality

23 October 2020, 10:00

Join us for this webinar about the results of one year of collaboration of the three Big Buyers groups in using procurement strategically to achieve the organisations’ climate ambitions. The three Big Buyers groups worked on circular construction materials, zero emission constructions sites and heavy-duty electric vehicles.

During this online event they will be sharing the results of their collaboration, lessons learnt and next steps and ambitions. The webinar will also be an occasion to present upcoming possibilities to interested organisations under the next step of the initiative the ‘Big Buyers for Climate and Environment’ (BBCE).

Side group discussions will give the opportunity to go into more detail about each area of collaboration.

If you are interested, please register here.

ICLEI and EUROCITIES are currently running the Big Buyers Initiative on behalf of the European Commission, DG Internal Market, Industry Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW). The initiative aims to work together with existing networks and organisations active in this area.


Dialogue Forum on Sustainable Public Procurement 2020 – E-Procurement, Market Dialogue and Joint Procurement as Drivers for SPP

26 - 28 October 2020

For the third successive year, the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) in collaboration with the Service Agency Communities in One World (SKEW) hosts the international Dialogue Forum on Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) from 26 to 28 October 2020.

It will be a virtual platform with interesting insights and lively debates between decision-makers, procurement practitioners, researchers and members of civil society from Europe, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa.

In this year’s Dialogue Forum, the focus will be on three components of a professional procurement organisation that make systems more effective to tackle both sudden and more long-term strategic challenges:

(1) The integration of sustainable products and services into e-catalogues (October 26)
(2) Interaction and exchange with the market to promote sustainable production (October 27)
(3) Sustainable procurement by purchasing groups and joint procurement platforms (October 28)

The overarching goal of the forum is to exchange views on concrete best practice examples in the three topic areas and to learn from each other. In addition to plenary sessions, breakout sessions will enable participants to discuss specific topics in small groups.

Among others, Kathleen McCaughey (Manager Sustainable Supply Chains, Region Stockholm), Josefine Hintz and Rafael Hirt (both Officer Sustainable Economy and Procurement, ICLEI -Local Governments for Sustainability), Betina Bergmann Madsen (Chief Procurement Officer, City of Copenhagen) and Dietmar Lenz (Head of Procurement, Vorarlberg Community Association) will give input.

Due to the digital format and to time differences between the global range of contributors, the forum will take place on all event days between 3:00 and 6:30 pm (CET). You can participate in the entire event or just attend individual sessions that are of specific interest to you. The programme is available here.

If you wish to participate, please contact Dr. Maximilian Müngersdorff by October 18 (maximilian.muengersdorff@die-gdi.de) with indicating whether you work in a relevant field of public procurement (public entity, NGO, academia, enterprise).


Occupational Health and Safety Summit 2020

30 October - 4 November 2020

ReWORKing Health and Safety is a timely four-day online event organized by electronics watch.

It will make the case that workers’ occupational health and safety is fundamental to resilient supply chains. Presenters will focus on workers’ own perspectives and explore the role of public buyers in ensuring resiliency by protecting workers’ health, safety, and other rights.

Join in for a series of interactive webinars with expert presenters and come away with a deeper understanding of how workers can be protected from health hazards and why this is the cornerstone of supply chains capable of withstanding crises like the Corona pandemic.

Please find more information here and don't forget to register.

This event is produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of Electronics Watch and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union. The Electronics Watch Summit ReWORKing Health and Safety is part of the project "Make ICT Fair - Reforming Manufacture & Minerals Supply Chains through Policy, Finance & Public Procurement", co-funded by European Union.


November 2020

GPP Helpdesk Webinar – Green Public Procurement of data centres, server rooms and cloud services

10 November 2020

Green Public Procurement (GPP) is an important tool to achieve environmental policy goals relating to climate change, resource use and sustainable consumption and production – especially given the importance of public sector spending on goods and services in Europe.

This is the second of two Webinars that will be held in 2020, as part of the European Commission’s Helpdesk service on GPP. The webinar will focus on the updated voluntary EU GPP criteria for Data centres, server rooms and cloud services, which have been designed to help public authorities reduce the key environmental impacts, including those associated with ICT equipment, energy use, and cooling systems.

  • Welcome and Introduction from the EU GPP Helpdesk, Enrico Degiorgis, DG Environment, European Commission
  • Introduction to the new EU GPP Criteria for data centres, server rooms and cloud services, Felice Alfieri and Nicholas Dodd, Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission
  • Procurement of University of Pisa’s Green Data Centre, Maurizio Davini, Chief Technology Officer, University of Pisa

The GPP Helpdesk Webinars provide a forum to inform stakeholders working in the field of public sector procurement about important new developments in the resources available and legislative context for GPP, and provide an opportunity for questions and discussion. For more information, visit the European Commission’s GPP website.

Register here.


Nordic Forum for Market Dialogue - towards circular, fair smartphones

25 November 2020, 09:00 - 16:30

Online

As a group of Nordic Buyers, the City of Malmö, City of Oslo, City of Helsinki, Region Stockholm, City of Aalborg and City of Copenhagen, join forces to create a dialogue towards circular, fair smartphones.

Where & when: Online - 25 November 2020, 9:00 - 16:30 CET

The goal is to meet with resellers, suppliers and relevant stakeholders from all over Europe to discuss procurement needs and solutions towards circular, fair smartphones. It is time to exchange on how to increase transparency, collaboration and market readiness including progress on verification.

To take part, please register here by 18th November.

More information will follow after registration and closer to the date of the event.

Agenda

9:00

Welcome speech, Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, Mayor City of Malmö & Chair of Procura+ Network

Introduction from facilitator and organizer

Keynote speech “Why circular and fair?”, Pauline Göthberg, National Secretariat for Sustainable Public Procurement Stockholm

9:45

BASELINE, Buyer representative, Supplier & reseller representatives and Bjorn Claeson, Electronics Watch

Facilitated feedback session

11:00

FUTURE VISION, representative of public buyers

11:15

BACKCASTING, facilitated breakout sessions with mixed groups of buyers and suppliers

14:00

ONE TO ONE Meetings with buyers group  *for suppliers/resellers only*

Background

The event is hosted (virtually) by the City of Malmö and is part of the Meet the Market series within the Make ICT Fair Project, jointly organised by ICLEI -Local Governments for Sustainability, Electronics Watch and Procura+ European Network for Sustainable Procurement.

Contact point: ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability - procurement@iclei.org

Disclaimer: This event is organised under the Make ICT Fair project, which has received funding from the European Union’s EuropeAid programme under grant agreement CSO-LA12017/388- 226. The sole responsibility for any error or omissions lies with the editor. The content does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Commission. The European Commission is also not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained herein.


December 2020

Think innovative! Laying the foundation for a successful Innovation Partnership

1 December 2020

Deep dive into the essential steps for a successful Innovation Partnership during 2nd EU Webinar on the Innovation Partnership

In this webinar you can discover

  • The key steps for preliminary market consultation
  • How to design the specifications for the development of innovation
  • Advice from speakers on project management for a successful Innovation Partnership

More information will follow closer to the event.

Register now! Note: as the event is hosted by the European Commission you have to create an EU login account to be able to register.


Nordic Strategy Forum Supply Chain and Procurement

7 - 8 December 2020
Stockholm, Sweden

Digital Strategy, Culture and Technology for the next chapter in Supply Chain & Procurement Management

Join us at the Nordic StrategyForum Supply Chain and Procurement for an intensive session on the latest trends, issues and future of supply chain and procurement in the Nordic countries. This networking event highlights applications of advanced technologies, innovative solutions and best business strategies for a thriving ecosystem of suppliers, collaborators and customers. Grab this opportunity to expand your business network and connect face-to-face with top-level executives, leaders and decision makers from the largest companies in the Nordics.

More here